Concern as councillor told no money to fix potholes

Councillor Tony Hassan pictured next to one of the potholes.
Councillor Tony Hassan pictured next to one of the potholes.

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has said urgent action needs to be taken to repair potholes across the greater Shantallow area.

Colr. Hassan was speaking after being told there is no money left at present to fix potholes in the area.

The potholes issue has sparked concerns across the city over recent months, with Transport NI officials admitting recently that budget cuts have forced them to prioritise which holes on which roads would be fixed in Derry and Strabane.

Councillor Hassan said: “It’s a very worrying situation to be told that there is no money to fix potholes in the greater Shantallow area.

“As we will be moving shortly into the winter months I have a real concern about the implications of all this. Potholes can cause motorists to swerve or change direction in order to avoid doing damage to their car. This means potentially endangering other motorists and pedestrians.”

“Furthermore,” he added, “potholes can mean costly repairs for car owners in a financial climate that they can ill afford. The Minister needs to resolve this as a matter of urgency and find the resources to carry out these repairs.”