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MLA Bradley appeals for help to determine who owns land at Riverside Regional Centre

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An East Londonderry MLA has appealed for help to determine who owns a piece of land at the Riverside Regional Centre in Coleraine.

The land, a small stretch of road, links the Riverside Park South to Riverside Park North – where Autozone Cars and Edwin May are located.

MLA Bradley explained: “This is an issue that my office has been dealing with for some time.

“The main problem is that the road is in very poor condition.

“My office gets calls on a weekly basis from drivers who have had their cars damaged as a result of extremely deep potholes.

“Drivers are now trying to evade the potholes by using the opposite side of the road which I am told has led to a number of near misses.

“Over the past couple of years, I have met with both owners of the Riverside Retail Centre – Kelvin Properties and British Land and neither owns this stretch of land.

“The Department of Infrastructure has also looked into this matter and to date, even with legal searches, we are unable to determine ownership, this means that none of these companies have an obligation to carry out repairs on the road.”

Bradley went on: “It is my understanding that the need to register land only became compulsory about ten years ago, and therein lies the problem.

“Until an owner is found, this stretch of road will continue to deteriorate.

“I would make an appeal now and ask whoever is responsible to make themselves known. As we prepare to welcome thousands of visitors to our area over the summer months we want to portray a positive image of this wonderful area that we live in and encourage visitors to come back again,” he concluded.

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