Department dodges questions about state of footpaths

THE Department for Infrastructure (DFI) has refused to answer any questions on the severe disrepair of footpaths in the Ballycolman Estate.

The issue, which has been raised by Strabane independent councillor, Paul Gallagher, is the result of public services digging up the paths for remedial works.

However, according to Cllr Gallagher, the same foot paths have been left bumpy, uneven and in places, cavernous.
Last week, the Department was asked if there are any plans to review the footpath situation with a view to carrying out remedial works.

DFI declined to comment.

“This isn’t good enough,” Cllr Paul Gallagher remarked.

“A number of services have been in through the area and have dug through the footpaths. They’ve left holes, hollows and in some places it’s completely uneven. It really has to be seen to be believed. 

“The work had to be done by these services but way it has been left, it’s not fit for purpose.”

He continued, “I know that one woman has already sprained her ankle on one of the paths; it’s a situation that has to be remedied as quickly as possible. 

“The statutory bodies have been passing the buck and it just isn’t good enough.”

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