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Don’t forget about our rural towns – that’s the call from DUP MLA Maurice Bradley

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The MLA for East Londonderry was speaking after he received several complaints from constituents in the Kilrea area about the visual look of the rural town.

He said: “I contacted both Council and the Department for Infrastructure to see if they would pay a bit more attention to the Kilrea area, and indeed other rural areas of the Borough.
“Both Kilrea and Garvagh are the gateway from Mid Ulster for visitors coming to the North Coast. Ideally we want people to stop and spend some time in these towns, however weeds on footpaths and long grass along the verges doesn’t paint the town a good light.

“We need our towns to be visually appealing to promote it both for business investment and to encourage people to stop and spend some time there.

“One of the constituents in contact with me described Kilrea as ‘the forgotten town’ of the area. They claim that comments were made by visitors in the town as they hosted the Twelfth celebrations.”
Mr Bradley made contact with the Department for Infrastructure and they confirmed that grass cutting has been carried out in the area and that a weed spraying exercise has also been carried out.

Newmarket Street tidy up
DUP MLA Maurice Bradley has been involved in getting a gap site at Newmarket Street in Coleraine cleared.
He commented: “The gap site leading from Newmarket Street into the Long Commons carpark had become badly overgrown. Following a meeting with Council the area has been tidied up, and there are plans afoot for a long term solution.”
He added: “There have been other areas in Coleraine with uncut grass and weeds that have been reported to the Department through my office, however it is a work in progress given the financial constraints.”

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