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Sinn Féin meet Western roads chief to discuss budget and pothole crisis

Published: 26 February, 2018

A Sinn Féin delegation led by the West Tyrone MLA team and the chair of Fermanagh-Omagh Council met with the head of TransportNI's western division on Tuesday to discuss the budget crisis and the increasing number of potholes on local roads.
Speaking after the meeting, Declan Mc Aleer MLA said:
"Sinn Fein representatives are acutely aware of the growing issue of road maintenance and potholes in areas throughout the Omagh and Strabane district.
"The problem has become exacerbated by the recent cold snap which has made the situation even worse and we are extremely thankful to our frontline workers who risk their own safety to keep routes open for the public.
"Wednesday's engagement followed a meeting between Sinn Féin and the Permanent Secretary and senior officials at DFI headquarters on Monday where roads maintenance and the budget were high on the agenda.
"The Good news is that the road maintenance squads are out on the ground dealing with the huge upsurge in potholes that have developed recently. Their plan is to begin with repairs on the more heavily trafficked 'A' roads then move on to the 'B' roads and other local routes. Good news is that the squads are out on the ground dealing with the huge upsurge in potholes that have developed recently following the freezing weather snap.Good news is that the squads are out on the ground dealing with the huge upsurge in potholes that have developed recently following the freezing weather snap.
"We are also extremely conscious that there are significant budget restraints in trying to deliver essential public services in the context of a Tory-DUP government which has cut over £700 million from the norths block grant over the past number of years and if the proposals in the Budgetary Outlook go ahead, the Department will be under even more intense pressure.
"It is essential that TransportNI have the necessary resources to get on with the job and Sinn Féin has formally responded to these budget options. As local representatives, we will lobby to ensure that the western division gets a sufficient share of the available budget to cope with the pressures in this area".