ĎAbsolutely abysmalí

Thursday, 15 February 2018

CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens Borough Council (CC&G) is to send a letter to the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) demanding more gritting of roads leading to rural schools.
The move comes at the request of Ballymoney UUP Cllr Darryl Wilson who also called for grit box criteria to be "vastly" relaxed at last week's meeting.
With three cold snaps already this year, he claims that emergency services cannot access areas like Carnany and Margaret Square, in Ballymoney.
During the same debate Sinn Fein Cllr Kieran Mulholland described the DFI response to the recent cold snaps as "absolutely abysmal."
He said that the Millennium Centre at Loughgiel was an Emergency Response Centre, yet "we can't get access during an emergency."
In a separate move North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan has again requested that Shelton Road, Loughgiel, be included on the gritting schedule.
He claims that during icy conditions it "becomes unsafe for parents and children alike," going to and from St Patrick's Primary School.
However DFI have refused to budge on any of the points raised, saying that against the backdrop of budget cuts: "the Department has no plans to review the current winter service policy or the criteria officials use for the provision of salt bins or grit piles."
All this comes in the midst of a full week of sporadic snowfall and the resultant disruption that this brings.
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