Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has once again highlighted the need for additional lifeguard provision at Ballycastle beach. Cllr McShane raised the issue again with Council officers and pushed for a decision to be taken urgently by all Councillors to back her proposal.
Cllr Cara McShane said:
"The lifeguard provision in Ballycastle has been minimal and cover is only provided for two months throughout the year. While the Council ensures provision of lifeguards on Benone Strand, West Bay, East Strand and Whiterocks during Easter and then subsequently at weekends and public holidays, there is no cover in Ballycastle during these times - yet it is one of the busiest beaches in Causeway Coast and Glens."
Cllr McShane added: "Once again the focus is only on a small geographical area within a large coastal Council. We live in one of the most stunning locations, in a Council district which stretches from Glenariff to Greysteel.
"There is particular concern that the Council has not assessed the beach life activity in Ballycastle and the Glens which has greatly increased - particularly with thousands of people stay-cationing and opting for outdoor activities over the past two years with the global health pandemic.
"The safety and well-being of people is paramount, regardless of where they live or visit in this Council. I will be pushing for a decision to be taken at Council next month and in advance of the rates setting process."