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McGuigan urges Department to ‘reverse’ grass cutting policy

Thursday, 3 August 2017

McGuigan urges Department to ‘reverse’ grass cutting policy thumbnailNorth Antrim Sinn Féin MLA, Philip McGuigan has said the party will be arranging meetings with tourism bodies, Transport NI and officials from the Department of the Economy over the next few weeks to discuss and plan a way forward

SINN Féin North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has said road safety is being put at risk unless the Department reinstates previous years policy of at least two cuts for road side grass verges.
The Sinn Féin MLA said: "The department has reduced grass cutting along roads' side verges to one cut per year. In some cases that cut took place in early May. Even though we are not yet in August some of this grass is over two feet high in places. Many rural road users across North Antrim are experiencing difficulty in seeing oncoming traffic at many road ends because of the length of the grass."
Mr McGuigan continued: "I am aware that the local Transport NI offices in Ballymena and Ballymoney are being inundated with calls about this. The reality is that unless the Department reverses its current position and implements at least two cuts then the visibility and safety of road users are being put at risk.

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