THE Roads Service has been accused of attempting to hold a major supermarket developer to ransom over the improvement of an important traffic junction in Enniskillen at the Gaol Square. The South African War Memorial may have to be relocated as part of the improvements at the east end of the town to accommodate traffic flows to a new Safeway superstore being developed at Derrychara Road.

Members of Fermanagh District Council question the tactics used by the Roads Service as they considered the issues dealing with the proposed new Safeway store on the site of the Kent Plastics factory which is to go ahead shortly, following and announcement by the supermarket chain.

Enniskillen is one of the number of towns in the province where Safeway is replacing its existing store.

Mr. Raymond Ferguson noted how the Council's development committee had agreed in principle with a request from the Roads Service, for the removal and relocation of the War Memorial should the need arise with the proposed new scheme.

He objected to the argument that unless the Safeway developers contributed to the road scheme, they would not be granted planning approval.

Councillor Robert Irvine went further and said that not only was the Road Services trying to hold the developers to ransom but asking the Council to give tacit approval to a new design of junction without any data projections of traffic flows.