Jobs boost for town is welcomed

Ballymoney Borough Alderman Bill Kennedy, Chair of Development Committee, has welcomed a jobs boost for the town stating that the recent investment announcements represent a vote of confidence in our local business and tourism sectors and demonstrate business success and growth.

Speaking at Council on Monday evening the Alderman said: “I am delighted to welcome seven new jobs to be created arising from growth of a relatively new company in our borough, Causeway Geotech Limited, which provides services to the construction industry. Specializing in geotechnical ground investigation the company is embarking on a comprehensive export marketing campaign, with the assistance of Invest NI. I congratulate the company on its success to date and with it well with its plans to grow sales.”

Commenting on investment in the tourism sector the Alderman continued: “The recent announcement by Seamus McAleese of development of new state of the art Pistol and Rifle Range in our borough, at Bravellan Road.

“The investment of some £3 million is a tremendous vote of confidence not only in the borough tourism industry, but for the Causeway Coast & Glens region and the wider Northern Ireland. With the capacity to stage events, the complex, which I believe will be the first of its kind in Europe, it provides potential to substantially increase tourism visitors and spend.

“It is also a great boost for employment with construction creating some 100 jobs, and 10-20 full-time and part time positions on completion of the complex. ”

The development, which is accessible to all, and has secured planning permission, also includes reception area, gunshop, café at ground level the establishment of a two acre lake stocked with trout on site, picnic areas and walkways and laneways for pony trekking.

Seamus, who has been in the business for over 20 years already attracts visitors from Russia, China, America and France