No road resurfacing work due to budget cuts

ROADS Service bosses have admitted that the cash-strapped department doesn’t have enough money to carry out any carriageway resurfacing work within Newtownabbey during 2012/13.

Responding to concerns and complaints about uneven road surfaces, Roads Service spent £1.8million completing “a record number” of resurfacing schemes in Newtownabbey during the past financial year - improving over 12km of carriageway and almost 7km of footpath.

But during a meeting with local councillors on Monday evening (June 11), Deputy Divisional Roads Manager Bertie Ellison revealed that budget cuts mean the amount of funding available for the year ahead has been slashed.

Mr Ellison said that just over £2.26million had been spent relaying road surfaces in Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus last year, but that during this financial year the funding allocated for such work is just £330k between the two boroughs. He added that no resurfacing schemes are planned for Newtownabbey in the year ahead.

Roads Service also confirmed this week that its routine maintenance budget for Newtownabbey and Carrick during 2012/13, which covers essential work such as surface patching and grass cutting, has also been reduced by around £200,000.

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