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Bus shelter debacle rumbles on because of ‘meddling councillors’

Cloughreagh, Newry

An ongoing row over the position of a bus shelter in Bessbrook has been “further compounded” because of “meddling councillors”.

Sinn Fein councillor Roisin Mulgrew said that rather than end the ongoing Cloughreagh Bus Shelter debacle, the issue had been further compounded by the decision taken to erect it on the Millvale road adjacent to a busy Kidzone Playgroup, community centre and entrance to housing estate.

“The Bus Shelter should have been allowed to stay where it was originally erected,” said councillor Mulgrew.

“Those few residents with fears about it were assured by many that their concerns were taken seriously and that all would be done to make sure they were allayed.

“However after meddling by councillors, who knew nothing of the area or the general feeling of most of the community, the bus shelter was dismantled and last week the same councillors ganged together to ensure that the proposal to build this shelter at this dangerous Millvale road site was successful.”

Councillor Mulgrew said the decision is viewed by most of the local community here and the management and staff of Kidzone Pkaygroup “as a totally unsafe”.

She added: “In fact it is a recipe for traffic and pedestrian chaos and ultimately dangerous.

“I fully intend supporting those whose clear and genuine objections to the erection of this Bus Shelter on this site have been flippantly dismissed.

“As a matter of urgency I will be requesting Road Traffic Management Officials our to view the location and see for themselves the potentially dangerous situations that will arise.”

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