The message of how the public can help authorities deal with the hazard of mud on the roads is being relayed.
Farmers who leave large amounts of mud on the borough’s roads are causing a danger to motorists with police now using a ‘four-pronged attack’ to tackle the issue.
A public engagement event was recently held in the Market Place to raise awareness, educate the public about what police and local authorities do, and what farmers’ responsibilities are – courtesy of National Farmers Union (NFU).
In attendance was borough councillor Bob McAuley.
Speaking to The Standard he said: “It is a problem as it does cause accidents on the roads, but when there’s a lot it also gets pushed onto the pavements, causing a slipping hazard for pedestrians as well.
“We live in a rural area and expect a bit of mud on our roads - but when it’s excessive amounts left action really needs to be taken as it is an offence.”
He said he did also appreciate the pressures some farmers are under to get their crop to market as quickly as possible.
A police spokesman said: “We want to get the message across that ‘yes, police do attend’, we assess it and let our partners know, if necessary.
“If we can identify who has put down the deposit and if it is dangerous, we follow it up with the farmer/grower.”
Anyone who spots a vehicle leaving large amounts of mud on the roads is asked to make a note of who is responsible.
A second engagement event will take place in the Market Place on November 19.