Carntall residents meet with DRD officials to discuss road safety

Two young residents stay tight to the hedge as they walk up the Carntall Road. INNT 46-807CON
Two young residents stay tight to the hedge as they walk up the Carntall Road. INNT 46-807CON
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Residents who have been campaigning for the construction of a footpath on the Carntall Road have been left “disheartened” following a site meeting with officials from the Department for Regional Development.

After the meeting on Wednesday, November 20, the residents said they feel that they are “no closer to getting the footpath made.”

Angela Bell has been campaigning on the issue for a number of years. She feels that due to a shortage of funding within DRD, the much-needed path between residents’ homes and the Doagh Road junction is no closer to being constructed.

“It boils down to funding verses safety, and funding seems to come first. The site visit felt like just another opportunity for us to get our point across, but without the funding the scheme will not get the go-ahead,” she said.

DUP Cllr Stephen Ross, who attended the site meeting, has confirmed that he will now raise the issue of the need for a footpath on the Carntall Road with DRD Minister Michelle McIlveen.