A DUP councillor has voiced concern about the intensification of development in Portrush.
Deputy Mayor of Causeway Borough Council, Trevor Clarke said: “Portrush is certainly evolving as a result of the 148th Open coming to town in July. The Department for Communities’ Urban Development Grant has assisted in leveraging private sector investment and jobs for the area. The new train station will be an asset in terms of enhancing public transport connectivity to the resort, and the refurbished public realm is adding to the quality of the environment in the town. All this can only be good for Portrush and I congratulate everyone involved in making these things happen.
However, given its’ geography, Portrush has its limitations and there are obvious challenges in terms of traffic management and parking, so I do believe consideration must be given to the extent to which future development on the peninsula is permitted. Over-development can be as damaging as dereliction and there is a need to protect our built heritage and ensure the tourism we attract is sustainable.”
Cllr Clarke continued: “I also think Council and other public agencies have a duty to ensure there is a community dividend on the back of the Open, an issue my own party group has been lobbying for over the past number of years. The lack of fit-for-purpose sport, recreation and playpark provision in Portrush as well as the Borough’s main town, Coleraine, are matters that need to be addressed urgently to ensure the legacy of the golf is felt beyond the coastal resorts.”