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Is Kilrea Road sliding away?

Jane Witherspoon

Reporter:

Jane Witherspoon

Concerns have been raised about a section of the Kilrea Road where subsidence has caused the footpath to crack.

TUV Councillor Timothy Gaston was contacted by local residents about the problem as they feared the footpath and road were not structurally safe.

Councillor Gaston fears that the problem is now getting worse and is urging the Roads Department to act.

Speaking to the Guardian, Councillor Gaston said: “I was contacted by local residents bout the footpath, and as the time has gone on, the problem has just got worse.

“I got in contact with the Roads Department and they have been carrying out work to find the source of the problem.

“The issue has now been flagged to the structural department from the maintenance department, and tests were carried out on the footpath and road just last week.”

The heart of the problem lies with a tree that is growing through a wall at the edge of the footpath.

However, there is also some natural subsidence that also needs to be addressed.

Councillor Gaston wishes to give some reassurance to the public about the current safety of the footpath and boundary wall.

He said: “The Department have said the wall is in no immediate danger of collapsing, but obviously there is a danger of this in the future, so I am eagerly and actively pushing that a solution be reached, before the problem gets any worse.”

Many residents have expressed a fear that if the situation persists, the road may have to be closed indefinitely, which is something Councillor Gaston is also keen to avoid.

“There is a fear that part of the road might actually come away, so I am urging officials to act quickly to get a plan in place and be proactive about a solution so as work can be carried out in a controlled way, and the road will only have to be closed for necessary work, not indefinitely.”

No plan for the road has been made to date, however officials are currently assessing the wall, footpath and road, and work on devising a plan is underway.

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