‘Cut off and abandoned’

Grange Lane Residents Brian Kelly and Eileen Moran at the damaged bridge which they have to cross daily   INNT 45-406-RM
Grange Lane Residents Brian Kelly and Eileen Moran at the damaged bridge which they have to cross daily INNT 45-406-RM
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A GROUP of Mallusk residents have been left ‘cut off and abandoned’ after the only access bridge to their homes has become dangerously unstable.

The Grange Lane residents have been campaigning for over six months to get urgent repair work carried out to the bridge which is in danger of collapsing.

And following the heavy rains last month the bridge has been deemed unsafe to cross, cutting the residents off from essential deliveries, emergency services and critical medical care.

Despite desperate pleas to the Roads Service, Rivers Agency and Newtownabbey Borough Council, all have failed to come to the residents’ help.

The six families affected live in homes which formed part of the original village of Mallusk and, which along with the bridge, date back hundreds of years.

Paul Malone, one of those affected, said: “This is beyond ridiculous. Our homes have been here for hundreds of years and the bridge is the only access.

“We have been calling for someone to act and get this matter sorted, but nobody wants to help.”

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