Action at overgrown accident site welcomed

OVERGROWN HEDGING. . . Uncut verges at Ardan Road, Culmore pictured this week. DER2715MC063
OVERGROWN HEDGING. . . Uncut verges at Ardan Road, Culmore pictured this week. DER2715MC063

Transport NI has been praised for acting in response to concerns over an overgrown verge where a young woman had a traffic accident.

SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins had raised the matter at the July meeting of Derry City & Strabane District Council’s Environment and Regeneration Committee after arriving straight from the scene of the accident at Ardan Road.

SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins.

SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins.

Colr. Dobbins complained that grass was obscuring the view at the junction there for motorists.

Giving an update on the developments yesterday, Colr. Dobbins said; “I requested representatives from Transport NI to address sooner rather than later the problem of long grass obscuring vision on Ardan/ Ballynagard junction.

“An hour earlier I had been first on the scene where a young girl was trapped in her car in a ditch and although the long grass may not have been the cause of the accident, it greatly hindered attempts to free her.

“I am pleased to say that Transport NI addressed the issue the very next day and I would like to thank them for their prompt action.”

Colr Dobbins added: “I will be suggesting that a small barrier be erected at this junction or the ditch filled in as this area has been subject to quite a few similar accidents, especially during icy conditions.”

Officials warned last week that severe rationing of routine maintenance in Derry and Strabane, including grass cutting, will continue.

Transport NI representatives told the Environment and Regeneration Committee in Strabane last week that other areas affected this year would be winter services, gully emptying, dealing with potholes and weed spraying.

There was also a warning that a similar scenario to last year with regards street lights being out looked likely this coming winter.