Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, has expressed his disappointment over news that P&O Ferries is discontinuing its Larne to Troon in Scotland ferry service.
Cllr Ashe said: “Given the other negative developments in the Borough, with factory closures looming in Ballymena, this is especially worrying.”
Late last year Cllr Ashe held a meeting with the Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell the Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry and the former Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey, in response to the impending closure of the Michelin Plant, Ballymena and others previously announced.
The Mayor reached agreement with the three Stormont Ministers that Mid and East Antrim Borough Council would co-ordinate a Task Force which will involve representation from their Departments.
“I know that this latest bad news on the loss of this important sea route from Larne to Great Britain will add further impetus to the ongoing work of the Task Force,” he said.
The Mayor also said that the other P&O Ferries service from Larne to Cairnryan will continue to operate, with up to seven sailings each way, year-round.
“That’s good news as it will maintain a service for freight, tourist and domestic customers,” Cllr Ashe added.
“I am also heartened by assurances from the company that there will be no redundancies, with all permanent staff having been found alternative roles.”