GLENGORMLEY traders voiced their anger as water mains rehabilitation works began in the centre of town on Monday morning (February 27).
The Traders’ Association said the disruption that will be caused on the Carnmoney Road during the three-week duration of the works could end up “destroying” a number of businesses along it.
Traders fought right up until the eleventh hour to try and persuade NI Water to suspend the work until further consultation was carried out with local businesses.
Two meetings took place last week with those carrying out the work, and traders also appealed to Roads Minister Danny Kennedy, to use his powers to suspend the project.
Both NI Water and contractors Lagan Construction were asked to consider rescheduling works for during the night-time in order to limit the impact on trade at shops, cafes, restaurants and the area’s service providers.
However, on Monday morning the work commenced as scheduled.
Local traders, joined by a number of local politicians including Mayor Billy Webb and MLA Paula Bradley, demonstrated their anger at this decision by holding a protest on the corner of Portland Avenue.
Chair of Glengormley Traders’ Association, Ed Burns said: “This is a disaster - the businesses affected by this work rely on people just calling in. If they do not get the passing trade, then this work will destroy them.”
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