‘Utility providers must pay to tear up footpaths’

Public realm works. INLM12-224
Public realm works. INLM12-224

ANY utility providers wishing to ‘tear up’ Lurgan’s new footpaths will do so at their own cost.

Craigavon Council confirmed that extra materials have been left over to ensure the high standard of the public realm works will be maintained, but added it is up to the utilities who are digging up the footpaths to see them returned to their newly upgraded state.

It had been feared traders would have to pay extra to have utilities like gas installed due to the new pavements being of a higher standard than most towns.

A spokesperson for council confirmed this was not the case. They said: “We can confirm that any costs associated with purchase of materials and undertaking of works is a matter for utility providers with Craigavon Council holding a supply of stone materials which can be supplied for repairs or reinstatement.

“Following completion of the first phase of work in Lurgan, utility companies were provided with a detailed specification for undertaking reinstatement within the completed public realm granite surfaces. Council will continue to provide similar information as and when it is requested.”

Meanwhile, the second phase of the public realm works remain on target for an end-of-June finish.

Cathal McKeown of McLoughlin and Harvey, who have an office above the old Birthdays shop in High Street, said: “Our door is open to members of the public.

“It’s good to get feedback as the work is progressing rather than once we’ve finished. When the work is complete we’ll have a list of snags, but it’s better to deal with as many of them as possible as we go along than all at the end.

“We’ve been able to work with local businesses on issues like provided outlets for gas and lowering kerbs. These are modification that can be made as we go along.”

Elsewhere the ‘MAIL’ has learned the pedestrian crossing from Union Street to the Windsor Bakery will be staggered as will the crossing at Market Street. The reason for this is so that visually impaired people know when they have reached the middle of the road. They’ll encounter a barrier and know they have to follow it to get to the second part of the crossing.

There are also plans for several uncontrolled crossing in High Street and Market Street. These are marked by lowered kerbs and stippled areas similar to those at the existing crossings.