Alex Easton MLA has acted with dismay at the amount of potholes and street lights that are being reported.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“I am absolutely astonished at the amount of pot holes and street light faults being reported across North Down every year. To me this demonstrates a real lack of investment to our infrastructure by TNI and the Infrastructure Department.”

“For years now it has been clear that we receive the least amount of funding every year, compared to other Council areas, and it is clear from the amount of streets now on the Reserve resurfacing list, the amount of pot holes and the amount of street lights not working, that there is now a crisis in North Down. It is now a matter of urgency for all elected representatives to help me and start lobbying the Infrastructure Minister to change course and stop viewing and treating North Down as the poor relation. I will be submitting an adjournment debate to the NI Assembly for debate as we need to hold the Infrastructure Minister and TNI to account for this debacle.”


Ends:

AQW 7674/17-22 DATE FOR ANSWER: TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020 Alex Easton MLA (North Down) To ask the Minister for Infrastructure how many pot holes have been reported for repair for North Down, in each of the last five years. ANSWER My Department does not maintain such records by constituency area, however I can provide the member with information on pothole repairs in the District Council area. Financial Year Number of Potholes Repaired in Ards and North Down District Council Area 2015/16 4151 2016/17 3523 2017/18 3288 2018/19 6228 2019/20 6190

AQW 7675/17-22 DATE FOR ANSWER: TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020 Alex Easton MLA (North Down) To ask the Minister for Infrastructure how many street lights have been reported for repair for North Down, in each of the last five years? ANSWER My Department does not record information in the format requested and therefore is unable to provide the number of street lights reported for repair by constituency. However, I can confirm that within DfI Roads Southern Division, which includes the North Down constituency, the number of street lights reported for repair in each of the last five years is as follows: Signed: ___________________________________________________________ NICHOLA MALLON MLA Minister for Infrastructure 02/10/20 Date: ___________________________________________________________ Year Reported Outages 2015 – 2016 9,434 2016 – 2017 11,124 2017 – 2018 12,827 2018 – 2019 11,345 2019 – 2020 13,060 Total 57,790

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