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Concern for Borough’s roads as grass cutting machinery moved

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A LOCAL Alderman has expressed concern after it emerged grass cutting machinery has been moved from an Armagh maintenance depot to neighbouring Newry.

Ulster Unionist representative Jim Speers made the discovery recently after enquiring about the possibility of having work carried out on several roads across the Borough, which have become overgrown.

"Some of the roads are overgrown on corners and I certainly feel this district needs appropriate treatment," Alderman Speers told the Gazette.

"I have been on about several roads looking to get them cut and there is nobody to cut them.

"A source that I was speaking to indicated there are a number of roads of potential danger as grass was not being cut. I've been told the mowers have been moved away to Newry over recent times," he added.

In a statement, a Department for Infrastructure (DfI) spokesman said contractors employed by the department are currently cutting grass in the Armagh area.

This spokeswoman did however confirm that this allowed for machinery to be moved to the Newry depot "where resources were limited".

"Currently it is expected that all grass in the Armagh area will be cut by the end of August."

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