East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has raised the issue of repeated flooding on the B90, Marshallstown Road, Carrickfergus with the Regional Development Minister.
Roy Beggs MLA asked the Minister;
“For her assessment of the repeated flooding that occurs on the B90, Marshallstown Road.”
Responding to the UUP representative, Minister McIlveen said “Across the road network, localised road flooding can occur during intense or prolonged rainfall and I am aware of localised flooding issues along the Marshallstown Road. The existing drainage system is maintained by my TransportNI officials; however this may be compromised when leaves cover gratings. This risk is reduced through regular sweeping by Mid and East Antrim Council.
“My officials are aware of an ongoing flooding problem from Sullatober Lane which is privately owned. This is currently being investigated by my officials and Rivers Agency colleagues. The existing road drainage system at this location is cleaned on a regular basis and will minimise the impacts of this flood water until the landowner is identified and remedial work can be undertaken.”
Concluding, Roy Beggs MLA said “I have contacted the Rivers Agency again this week for an update on their investigation at the source of the problem and still await feedback. There appears to be a water course problem upstream. Unless the source of the problem is addressed, the road will continue to be flooded and residents will continue to have to revert to using sandbags. Rivers Agency have been slow to respond to date, but I appreciate that there has been major flooding in other parts of Northern Ireland. I would hope that the flooding elsewhere is now easing so that local residents concerns in the Sullatober area can now be addressed.”