Progress on Ballycastle Beach Boardwalk welcomed - Sinn Féin

Progress on Ballycastle Beach Boardwalk welcomed - Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has welcomed the report into repairs of the Ballycastle Boardwalk and Viewing Platform, after the structure had been vandalised last summer.

Acquiring materials had added significant delays to the works, which are now expected to be completed by Easter.

Cllr McShane had led the campaign for the installation of the boardwalk, which had received significant funding under the Rural Development Programme in 2019.

Cllr Cara McShane said:  "The boardwalk was designed to provide better access for all to our beautiful coastline while protecting and enhancing our environmental assets. This added attraction to Ballycastle beach proved extremely popular, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic when many more people opted for the outdoors to increase their physical and mental wellbeing.

"However, the mindless act of vandalism which destroyed this asset, created a lot of anger in the local community. The cowardly actions of a small number of people denied wheelchair users; children in prams and those with various mobility issues, from accessing one of our most beautiful assets.

"While there has been a significant delay with acquiring materials, I am delighted that the Council has agreed now to advance the replacement of the structure as per the original specification, to include a larch finish for the walls of the viewing platform and treated softwood for the remainder of the structure in line with what was previously constructed."

It is estimated that the costs of this project will be £20,000.

Geoffrey Moffett

Written by Geoffrey Moffett

Content Creator for Causeway Coast Community.
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