Patchwork pavements in Richhill, Co Armagh, after continual digging by utility services, cause concern

Patchwork pavements in Richhill caused by the continual digging up of footpaths is a source of great concern, says a local MLA.

William Irwin MLA said residents in the Mossgreen area of Richhill are ‘greatly concerned’ over the ‘patchwork’ of repairs left behind following work to install utilities such as broadband.

The Newry and Armagh MLA said he has raised the concerns with the Minister for Infrastructure to put forward the case for more investment in footpaths to fully repair the uneven surfaces.

He said: “It is very easy to see why residents in developments across the constituency are so concerned. I know that in some areas there are two or three different tracks left in the footpaths following repeated digging by utility companies and this has left footpaths looking absolutely terrible and difficult to walk on as can easily be seen.”

Pavements in Mossgreen, Richhill, Co Armagh have been dug up by services many times.

He added: “Some of the paths have been in poor repair for some time and the digging of the pathways on multiple occasions has certainly not improved the surface, rather it has simply made the pathways much worse.”

He continued: “I have conveyed to the Minister that it is absolutely essential that a scheme of path resurfacing is undertaken to ensure that an acceptable surface is restored for pedestrians both in Mossgreen Richhill but also in other areas where utility companies have repeatedly excavated pathways.”

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