Councillor welcomes fire station petition launch

GLENS Sinn Fein Councillor Colum Thompson has congratulated The Glens Action Group on the launch of their petition calling for a new community fire station in Cushendall.

The petition was launched at a packed public meeting on Thursday in The Glens Hotel in Cushendall. The meeting was chaired by local businessman Paddy Mc Laughlin and speakers included local GP Dr. Dermot Grant, Sinn Fein East Antrim MLA Oliver Mc Mullan and N.I. Fire and Rescue Northern Area Commander Gary Thompson.

Also on the panel were Martin Mc Carron, Vincent Harvey and Cannon Alex Mc Mullan. During the slideshow members of the public were shocked at the pictures of conditions within the existing station which even The Minister For Health has previously stated is not fit for purpose, a point that was reiterated by Northern Area Commander Gary Thompson on the night.

Speaking after the meeting Councillor Thompson said: “The work that The Glens Action Group has done to date has been superb, what we now need is for everyone in The Glens to get behind the campaign and promote and sign the petition.

“The Glens Action Group’s target is to achieve 5,000 signatures so that our local Sinn Fein MLA Oliver Mc Mullan, who has been campaigning for a new community fire station for many years, can raise the issue on the floor of The Assembly.

“If anyone would like to help with the campaign they can contact either myself or Paddy Mc Laughlin and I would appeal to everyone in The Glens to sign the petition which is currently available in a number of places locally as well as online at www.ipetitions.com/petition/glenscommunityfirestation.”