Residents welcome removal of 'dangerous hazard'

Mid Ulster Sinn Féin Councillor Córa Corry has welcomed the cutting back of a dangerous hedge at Gortnari, Moneyneena, outside Draperstown.

Councillor Córa Corry.
Councillor Córa Corry.
Councillor Córa Corry.

The hedge, overgrown and blocking the ability of residents to view oncoming traffic whilst manoeuvring from Gortnari onto the busy Moneyneena Road, had become a dangerous hazard.

The Carntogher Area representative stressed that road safety is a priority, especially on rural routes.

She said in a statement: “The Moneyneena Road is a busy rural route with agri machinery, commuter traffic, vans and lorries.

Residents were extremely concerned that the overgrown and unmaintained hedge was obstructing full sight lines on the approach from this junction.”

She pointed out that the work was needed as the route was extremely busy being used by scores of motorists each day.

Councillor Corry said she is pleased with the response from the Department for Infrastructure.

“I have raised the concerns of those from Gortnari with the Department for Infrastructure and I am please that they have responded by completing the remedial works and clearing the site to allow full sight-lines onto this busy route,” she said.

The local councillor went on to issue an appeal to all motorists to show consideration to the Moneyneena community and slow down on the road.

“Higher speeds, hidden dips and multiple corners reduce the distance that drivers can see ahead giving less time to react,” she said.

She added: “The local residents have welcomed the unobstructed visibility that now allows them to see and be seen and will allow all road users time to react to any potential outcomes.”

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