Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Feely fears for lack of street lighting for locals

Published: 30 October, 2014

Sinn Féin Cllr. Anthony Feely is becoming increasingly concerned about the large number of street lights that are no longer working in the Garrison, Derrygonnelly & Belcoo areas.

The Erne West Councillor explains,

"I have been approached by numerous locals complaining about broken street lights around their homes & on the town boundaries."

"In terms of young children or senior citizens, this lack of street lighting is likely to result in an increased number of falls with expensive, painful stays in hospital for some of the most vulnerable in our community."

"Street lighting also increases levels of security and reduces the risk of anti-social behaviour, but with a lack of functioning lights, it can't help but question the safety of our community."

In relation to this the DRD have recently stated;

"Following confirmation of the June Monitoring by the Executive, it has been necessary for DRD to curtail its expenditure on routine road maintenance activities.

"As such, with immediate effect, Transport NI will be unable to issue new works instructions to our contractors.

"Regrettably, as a result of this decision, street lighting repairs for all group and individual outages, and for any other work that does not pose an electrical hazard to the public, has been suspended."

Mr Feely concludes,

"I would urge the DRD Minister Danny Kennedy to re-think his budget. It is cheaper to fix bulbs rather than have to fix fractures or worse."