Grit call for Ebrington Square and Peace Bridge

The Parade Ground at Ebrington Square. (0212MM37)
The Parade Ground at Ebrington Square. (0212MM37)

SDLP colr. Martin Reilly said it is important the area is adequately gritted to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

“DRD Roads Service have confirmed that they are not responsible for gritting either Ebrington Square or the Peace Bridge as neither of these form part of the public road network and consequently are not included in their gritting schedule.

“I am therefore calling on Ilex to clarify whether they intend to engage a contractor to ensure that these areas remain safe to use when we experience frosty and icy conditions. Slips and falls put A&E Departments under significant pressure at this time of year and I am hopeful that Ilex will ensure that these popular walkways receive the necessary attention,” he said.

His call follows an Assembly question tabled by his party colleague, Mark H Durkan.

Mr Durkan asked the regional development minister Danny Kennedy if the Ebrington site, which was opened earlier this year, would be included in the Roads Service gritting schedule.

The minister responded saying; “My Department’s Roads Service has advised that the Ebrington site is not part of the public road network and consequently is not included in its gritting schedule.”

This is the first winter that the entire site at Ebrington has been opened to the public. Measures were put in place last year to grit the area around the Peace Bridge and the section of Ebrington Square leading to Browning Drive.

Colr. Reilly has said he hopes the situation at Ebrington Square can be addressed quickly before any problems over icy conditions arise.