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Sinn Féin welcomes ‘right decision’

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Sinn Féin welcomes ‘right decision’ thumbnailSinn Féin’s Philip McGuigan and Cllr Cara McShane have welcomed the decision by Chris Hazzard, the Minister for Infrastructure, not to abandon Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle.

SINN Féin have welcomed the decision by the Minister for Infrastructure, Chris Hazzard, not to abandon Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle. Sinn Féin's, Philip McGuigan, and Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane have been vocal opponents of the abandonment of the road and have both said that the Minister's decision not to accede to a request by a developer is "the right decision and in the greater public interest."
The Department of Infrastructure have confirmed to The Chronicle that it does not plan to proceed with the abandonment of part of the Carrickmore Road.
Abandonment would automatically remove a right of way and any other arrangement would be dependent on the goodwill of a local council or a private owner.
This battle over Carrickmore Road has been in the public eye as far back as 1990's but came back before Moyle District Council around 2011 - 2013.
The Department for Regional Development proposed to make an Order to abandon 530 square metres of Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle extending for 69 metres in a westerly direction from a point 10 metres from the east side of No. 40 Carrickmore Road.
A well attended public meeting in January 2016 reflected the feelings of the community over the proposal, but no decision was ever made, until now.

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