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Council takes control of Curran Terrace after 40-year wait

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Council takes control of Curran Terrace after 40-year wait thumbnailCurran Terrace.

MID-ULSTER district council is to use a special power for the first time to solve an exceptional road access issue.

The ownership of a road at Curran Terrace in Edendork has been in question for over 40 years.

With the question never resolved the road has never been part of the public road network or maintained by any roads authority.

The council has now decided to solve this conundrum to to the satisfaction of residents by using one of its new powers, know as its 'General Power of Competence'.

This power allows a local authority to do anything that individuals generally may do' which it considers to be for the benefit of the council, district or residents.

The new power gives the council substantial scope to deal with issues which would normally fall outside of its remit.

The news has been welcomed by Sinn Fein councillor Dominic Molloy who claimed it was long overdue.

"For 40 years the residents of Curran Terrace have to drive to their homes via a pothole riddled dirt track, he said.

"Prior to 1973, the old Dungannon Council owned the houses at Curran Terrace. After changes to local government which saw housing transferred to the newly formed Housing Executive and roads transferred to DoE, it appears that there was a flaw in that the road accessing these houses was not transferred correctly.

"This has resulted in a 40 year campaign by residents and successive representatives to find a resolution.

"In 2003 Dungannon and South Tyrone Council to do work to bring the road to an adoptable standard only to be told that councils had no power to do such work. With further change to local government in 2015 a window of opportunity arose when the new councils where given new powers to intervene in certain circumstances.

"I am absolutely delighted that these long suffering residents are finally to have their plight resolved.

"Whilst Curran Terrace is a very unique case there certainly are other streets and access roads across Mid-Ulster that have suffered neglect by the statutory authorities and I hope that in the very near future we can bring about a policy which be able to assist in bringing these up to standard."

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