Welcome for Cloughmills footpath

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Sinn Féin has welcomed the progress that has been made on a proposal to build a footpath on the Ballyveeley Road in Cloughmills for pedestrians to the local GAA pitch.

It follows a campaign and petition carried out by local councillor Cathal McLaughlin.

North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay raised the matter with the Assembly’s Regional Development Minister:“The Minister has confirmed that a scheme proposal to provide a footway on the Ballyveeley Road has met the criteria to progress for further appraisal. Subject to gaining approval at the various stages of the development process, a scheme may then progress through to prioritisation, within a future year’s programme. Prioritisation will take account of a number of other key issues, including finance.

“It is to be welcome that the proposal has reached this stage and follows a lot of work by Sinn Féin on the issue in the area, including a door to door petition carried out by local Councillor Cathal McLaughlin and myself. “

Cllr McLaughlin added:

“It wasn’t long ago that this proposal was rejected outright so to reach this stage is certainly welcome. My primary motivation in this instance is the safety of local people using this road, especially minors walking to the GAA pitch.

“It is a dangerous stretch of road and a footpath here would help to reduce the risk of a serious accident occurring.

“We will continue to raise this at council and Assembly level to ensure that it progresses and is prioritised by Roads Service.”