Paul Frew, DUP Assembly Member for North Antrim alongside Cllr Reuban Glover has called on all youths participating in Scrambler activity in and around the public roads and paths in the Ballykeel and Ecos Area of Ballymena to consider the potential for devastation their actions could cause .
The MLA stated: “Myself and Cllr Glover has been attending meeting after meeting for the last 2 years to try and resolve this very serious issue. We have met with officials from Council, PSNI, PCSP, Education Authority and the local community.
Police have at times increased their presence in the area and the Education Authority has installed a wire fence around the perimeter of the land they own in an attempt to stop them travelling though a built up residential area of Ballykeel to get to the ground in question.
The potential for injury or even loss of life to residents or even pedestrians and runners who enjoy the Ecos centre is great . Only days since Mrs Valerie Armstrong died after being hit by a scrambler in Colin Glen Forest Park whilst walking her dog and this activity continues in Ballykeel unabated!”
Cllr Glover claimed: “The People using the scramblers are speeding on roads and footpaths populated by young people on Tricycles and elderly people making their way home from the shops. They are riding on Scrambler bikes that are not road worthy and are not insured.
Frew concluded: “Residents are sick to the point they have stopped reporting this to the police and EA have installed the fence at great expense yet still leave a gap that accommodates mobility scooters hence allowing the scramblers though also making it a very expensive folly. I would appeal to PSNI to increase their presence further and be more proactive in getting this activity stopped. I would also ask the EA to consider further measures to ensure Scramblers cannot gain access to their land and the Ecos park through a quiet residential area. More importantly I would appeal to the people doing this, think about your actions and the consequences for you and the people whose life you could destroy.”