Ballyclare link road project on hold due to funding problems

Sign of the times: The �10million Ballyclare relief road project has been put on hold due to funding constraints.
Sign of the times: The �10million Ballyclare relief road project has been put on hold due to funding constraints.
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THE company behind the £400million Westlands housing project in Ballyclare has given an assurance that it is still committed to delivering the town’s long-awaited ‘relief road’.

Work on the privately financed 3.1 km by-pass, which should eventually link Templepatrick Road, Doagh Road and Rashee Road, was due to start last month following delays relating to archaeological finds and badger setts along the proposed road line. However, it emerged this week that the project is still on hold - this time for financial reasons.

Concerns about the ongoing hold-up were voiced by Ballyclare councillor Pat McCudden at this month’s meeting of Newtownabbey Council’s Planning and Consultation Committee.

During a discussion about a proposed new retail development at Hillhead Road and existing traffic problems in and around the town, the Alliance representative said the relief road project “had not taken off as hoped” and expressed concern that a lack of finance for the scheme due to the slowdown in the housing market may mean it could take some time to complete, “if it is completed at all.”

Responding to councillor McCudden’s concerns, a spokesperson for the company behind the ambitious plan, Holm NI, told the Times that they remain committed to delivering the £10million link road.

Stressing that a considerable amount of money has already been spent on preparatory works to allow construction to progress, including environmental surveys and the relocation of badger setts, he confirmed that the project is “facing a slight delay due to a reduction in capital provisions.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...