Thompson welcomes flood prevention

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Glens Sinn Fein councillor Colum Thompson has welcomed the decision by Road Service and N.I. Water to conduct a scheme of flood prevention work in Cushendall.

Councillor Thompson, who has had a series of flood prevention meetings with Road Service, N.I. Water and Rivers Agency over the past number of months, secured the commitment at a meeting in Moyle District Council offices on Tuesday.

Speaking after the meeting Councillor Thompson said “I am delighted that Road Service and N.I. Water have agreed to carry out these works. Road Service will be carrying out work on several locations on The Ballyeamon Road with the emphasis on redirecting flood water into the river rather than running into the village.

“This should play a major part in trying to alleviate the flooding problems which have been witnessed in Cushendall over the past few years and they will compliment the work that Road Service have already carried out at the junction of Layde Road and Shore Street.

“N.I. Water will also be improving their infrastructure on High Street and Shore Street in the near future which we hope will also help in times of heavy rain fall.

“Given that we are approaching the busiest part of the tourist season I have asked both agencies to carry out their works as quickly as possible, to consult with local residents and business owners and to ensure that all arterial routes into and out of Cushendall remain open throughout.”