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Patsy McGlone 23rd June 2017

McGlone: Transport NI Needs to Up its Game on Grass Cutting

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 constituency.”

 

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