Ballycastle left out in the cold - Cunningham

SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has criticised the public consultation on extending the natural gas network report

“Once again Ballycastle has been left out in the cold, the Department plans to extend the network from the Scottish pipeline ironically away from the area closest to Scotland.”

In a statement, Councillor Cunningham said: “Households and small businesses in Ballycastle are left to look on as their counterparts in Dungannon, Cookstown, Magherafelt, Omagh, Strabane and Enniskillen, can look forward to connection to the network and the potential of lower costs, cleaner fuel and greater consumer choice and convenience.

“Many families are keen to see the extension of the natural gas market to Ballycastle, and I will be urging Council to vigourously pursue this matter,

“The benefits of shifting away from the dependence on coal and oil for household heating are many, not least the environmental benefit of reduced carbon emissions, the increased fuel choice and savings for consumers, the diversification of energy sources “