Mid Ulster District Council is to use a new power for the first time to solve an exceptional road access issue at a housing development in Dungannon.
Ownership of the road at Curran Terrace in the town has been in question for more than 40 years and, never having been established, means the road has never been part of the public road network or been maintained by any roads authority.
The situation has left residents with no avenue to seek repairs to the road or footpaths at their homes.
The Council has now agreed to deal with the disrepair using its ‘General Power of Competence’, a new power arising from the reform of local government in April 2015 allowing 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.
Its use in the case of Curran Terrace reflects a unique and exceptional set of circumstances where residents had been left with hazardous and almost impassable access to their homes through no fault of their own and with no other statutory authority in a position to find a resolution
The work will bring the road at Curran Terrace to an adoptable standard.