Looking back... Headlines from June 1984

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There was good news on the horizon for residents of Glenview Road, Carnalbanagh, in June 1984 as they were set to have mains water.

Cllr Rachel Rea had been pressing for years for the provision of a mains water supply to houses in the area.

After a number of set-backs it appeared that the Water Service intended to proceed with the plan. Environment Minister, Chris Patten said: “My Department’s Water Service has recently carried out a study to determine the feasibility of extending the existing watermain in Glenview Road to serve the remaining properties on this road.

“The scheme is expected to cost approximately £7,000 and will involve the laying of some 575 metres of pumping main. If all goes well, work on this scheme will be carried out during the current financial year.”

•Meanwhile that same week in Carrickfergus, Alliance Assemblyman Sean Neeson claimed that the conversion of Kilroot Power Station to coal would save Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Electricity Service a total of £25 million per year. He said that as far as he was concerned the Government must make a decision on Kilroot as soon as possible, saying: “If a decision was taken, this would provide a major boost for the Carrick economy.

“It would also provide around several hundred jobs in the construction and engineering industries, bearing in mind that a new port facility would also be required. The NIES believe that there is a need for an urgent decision to be taken on Kilroot, bearing in mind that oil process are due to jump because of the crisis in the Middle East.”

• There was a Royal visitor to Newtownabbey.

Prince Michael of Kent attended a board meeting at the Standard Telephone and Cables plant in Monkstown. The Prince became a member of STC’s main board in 1980. He was joined by other board members and Sir Kenneth Corfield, the chairman and chief executive. During the morning, Prince Michael attended a number of meetings and then toured the factory, talking to some of the local workers.