Limited investment tackling potholes must be targeted appropriately: Erskine

Chair of the Assembly’s Infrastructure Committee Deborah Erskine has welcomed additional funding to tackle potholes across Northern Ireland, but said that limited investment must be targeted appropriately and that further investment in new technology will be necessary.

By Deborah Erskine MLA

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

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The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said. “The allocation of an additional £1million by the Infrastructure Minister is to be welcomed, but any motorist in any part of Northern Ireland will immediately recognise that this will only help address a small fraction of the problems we face. It will deliver only an additional £250,000 to each DFI section area across the Province.

Recognising the financial pressures we face, and which will continue into the future it is vital the Department looks at new technologies which can deal with potholes more quickly and at a lower cost. That however will require initial investment in order to reap longer-time savings.

The funding announced today is a short-term initiative and that is recognised in the fact that it will need to be spent within six weeks. The imperative for that funding must be to ensure that problems are prioritised appropriately so the maximum benefit can be derived from a limited additional investment.”

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