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South Down MP, Chris Hazzard has written to DFI Roads to request they work in partnership with the local community in Burren in order to deliver a long overdue extension to an existing footpath which would finally link the village to the GAA club along the Carrogs Road.

MLA Sinead Ennis and MP Chris Hazzard pictured on the Carrogs Road.
MLA Sinead Ennis and MP Chris Hazzard pictured on the Carrogs Road.

The South Down MP surveyed the area this week alongside party colleague Sinead Ennis MLA and they were left in no doubt that the local community are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of pedestrians walking to and from the club along the Carrogs Road. 

Hazzard said “With the completion of the new community hall at Burren GAC the numbers of children and young people walking along the Carrogs Road has increased dramatically in recent years, however the previously agreed extension to the footpath has never been delivered. 

“There is no doubt that this extension is urgently required to ensure a much safer route between the club grounds and the heart of the village. 

“There are currently plans in place to develop along the Carrogs Road, including new community facilities, so I have now asked DFI Roads to engage with community representatives and Burren GAC so that we can successfully include a footpath extension in the forthcoming works. 

 Sinead Ennis MLA added “It is vitally important that DFI Roads work in partnership with local communities wherever possible to help deliver safer active travel routes such as this example in Burren. 

 “The local community have waited patiently for this footpath to be extended for many many years; there is now a great opportunity to deliver upon that need and we hope that DFI Roads won’t be found wanting.” 

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