When I last contacted you in 2015 in
relation to the traffic issues in the local area, I was delighted to report that after five years of consistently lobbying Road Service, they finally agreed in principle to my calls for weight
restriction measures, to help tackle the problem of heavy HGV’s using the Hillsborough to Culcavy through route as a ‘rat-run’.
I am very pleased to say that the DRD
Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced she intends to introduce ‘Phase 1’ of HGV weight limit measures in the local area. Phase 1 will see a 7.5 tonne weight limit placed on Lisburn Street to the
junction of Culcavy Road. Over the past five years there have been many meetings with local residents, businesses and those with local farming interests, to discuss and refine these proposals. This
scheme is designed to help reduce the large volume of HGV traffic, whilst at the same time facilitating normal business trade and farming activities. Following the introduction of phase 1, the scheme
will be monitored and further phases considered, if necessary. In the coming weeks the legislative process for the introduction these measures will be advertised, with opportunity for you to make
representation. This scheme has been welcomed by local MP Jeffrey Donaldson, who commented, “I would congratulate my colleague Brenda Hale MLA, who has been unstinting in her efforts to secure these
weight restrictions.” I would thank Jeffrey and all those who supported me during this campaign.
Traffic management within the greater
Hillsborough/Culcavy area will still continue to be a challenge until the Knockmore Link is progressed and there are discussions with the Minister and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to look at
funding options. You can be assured of my continued lobbying on your behalf on this and other local issues, should I be privileged to be re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, with the next
election due on May 5th 2016.
Should you require any advice or
assistance on constituency matters, please do not hesitate to contact my Lagan Valley Constituency office, or visit my monthly advice surgery in the Hillsborough Village Centre which is held on
3rd Friday of each month between 1pm and 2.30pm.