Beggs welcomes investigation into unfinished developments

Published on Wednesday 7 March 2012 14:38

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has encouraged his constituents to write to him or the Regional Development Committee at Stormont with their experiences of unfinished private developments.

“In the past the Roads Service has not directed sufficient resources to ensure timely adoption of new roads in new developments,” the UUP Assemblyman said.

Mr Beggs indicated constituents in the Prospect area of Carrickfergus had advised him that 16 years after they had moved into new homes, their roads and sewers were still not adopted.

“It took me two years of hard lobbying to achieve adoption of the roads and sewers; only then was the risk of sewage flooding comprehensively addressed and full responsibility for maintenance of roads and footpaths passed to the Roads Service,” he added.

“Clearly this process is taking too long, hence the need for the review which the Regional Development Committee has embarked on. The issue of unadopted roads and unfinished developments is one of great concern to many residents in many locations throughout East Antrim.

“There has been a great deal of confusion about who is responsible for bringing footpaths, streetlights and sewers quickly up to standard, so I am glad that the Regional Development Committee is conducting an in depth investigation into the issue.

“I would encourage any local residents who have had problems with unadopted roads and unfinished developments to write in with their experiences,” Mr Beggs said.

Constituents can write to the DRD Committee at Room 435, Parliament Buildings, Stormont Belfast BT4 3XX, or email

Mr Beggs can also be contacted at

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