Council fail to get Greenway grant

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Council fail to get Greenway grant thumbnailSinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan.

PLANS to reopen the Ballymoney to Ballycastle railway line to walkers and cyclists have suffered a setback.
The Greenway project aimed at attracting tourists and increasing physical activity among local people has failed to win a grant that would allow progress to the design stage.
The Department of Infrastructure has instead awarded funding to similar schemes in Comber, Greenisland and Carryduff.
Commenting, Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said: "It is disappointing that the Council didn't get the £25k funding. Linking Ballycastle and Ballymoney by way of a Greenway would be a major boost to both towns and all in between along the route not least the Dark Hedges, which could provide an alternative route to the thousands of people who are trying to access this top tourist attraction on roads which are not able to cope."
"This Greenway project has massive potential for this area. Similar projects in the South have shown to be a major boost to the local economy and continue to accumulate revenue well above any investment in constructing the Greenways.
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