SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone,
has said that Transport NI must improve its engagement with the public after
the organisation failed to act following complaints about the condition of
the grass at an estate in Cookstown. The Mid Ulster MLA and local residents
have made several requests to Transport NI to maintain the grass verge at
the entrance to Old Rectory Park.
Mr McGlone said, “Members of the
public and I have made several requests to Transport NI to maintain the
grass verge at the entrance to Old Rectory Park, including one made at the
start of May this year. To date there has been no meaningful action.
“Residents in the estate have become
so frustrated that, at times, some have cut the grass at the entrance
themselves. There are other parts of the estate, and indeed other areas
throughout the constituency, that are in need of maintenance that are also
Transport NI's responsibility.
“The new Transport NI online reporting
system is inadequate and the response fails to provide any information of
value to anyone.
“This is a public body which seems
unwilling, or incapable of properly communicating with the public.
“The continued absence of a Minister
to be held accountable for the lack of action on maintenance may be a
factor, but it is not an excuse.
“I will continue to press Transport NI
for action on the maintenance of this estate and others in the Mid Ulster