South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey has today met with the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy regarding the length of time being taken to complete road works on Hope Street and Sandy Row.
The Assembly Member spoke to the DRD Minister following complaints from residents and road users from the area about the length of time being taken to complete the work to introduce two way traffic to Hope Street and all associated works.
In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “I have been contacted by a number of residents and road users who are dismayed by the amount of time being taken to complete these works to allow two way traffic to use Hope Street. Not only are the road works and diversions causing considerable inconvenience and traffic delays but the pavements and road surfaces are being left in an unacceptable condition making them unwelcoming for visitors, tourists and locals alike.”
“I have appealed to the Minister to ensure the work is completed as a matter of urgency and that the area is left in a better state while work is ongoing.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “This Jubilee and Olympic year is an important one for Belfast and this area because of its historical significance and close proximity to a number of large hotels is likely to see a great influx of tourists. We would like these visitors to leave Northern Ireland with a good impression of the area and I do not believe these road works and the mess they are creating is doing anything to aid this.”