‘Clearer markings’ for Ballycastle-bound visitors welcomed

New road markings in Cushendall have been welcomed. INBM 15-758-CON
New road markings in Cushendall have been welcomed. INBM 15-758-CON

New road markings will help prevent tourists getting delayed on their way to one of Northern Ireland’s best places to visit, it has been claimed.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop was commenting after the surface direction arrows were introduced in Cushendall.

Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop. INLT 04-330-PR

Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop. INLT 04-330-PR

The SDLP representative thanked TransportNI for acting on her concerns with regard to visitors to the village missing the A2 turn off for Ballycastle, which was recently named on the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain list.

“A lot of tourists in bigger vehicles and caravans missed the turn off and headed straight up High Street resulting in a lot of them getting stuck on Ballybrack as it was not wide enough for these vehicles,” she said.

“Hopefully the new road markings will prevent this happening again and it was excellent to get it in place before the busy Easter period.”

Councillor McKillop went on to acknowledge that the roads authority has put up additional ‘Slow’ signs on the route at the Red Arch, but feels that “more needs to be done as this is a very dangerous part of the road which has seen a number of crashes in the past year”. She said he will continue to lobby for the provision of a non-slip surface.

Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has called for people to be vigilant over fly tipping. INBM 15-709-CON

Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has called for people to be vigilant over fly tipping. INBM 15-709-CON

Meanwhile, the Glens council member has condemned those behind fly tipping bags of mowed grass over Orra Mountain and has called for people to be extra vigilant and report those responsible.

Having reported the issue to council, Councillor McKillop said: “Fly tipping is an extra burden to the council and costs the rate payers thousands every year.”