Glengormley traders voice concerns over 'bleak' future

AT TUESDAY night's meeting of business owners in Glengormley traders said the outlook was 'bleak' for the town unless certain short term measures were taken.

Around 20 traders attended the meeting in the Thunderdome Cafe to discuss their concerns for Glengormley in the short and long term.

Officials from the council, police, Roads Service, Planning Service and producers of the controversial masterplan - the Department for Social Development, addressed the meeting.

Politicians from all sides also attended, including Mayor Paula Bradley, Ministers David Ford and Nelson McCausland and Junior Minister Gerry Kelly alongside many local MLAs and councillors.

Chairman Brendan Carlin opened the event and traders' spokesman Ed Burns provided an update from the last meeting.

He identified a number of issues from that meeting including parking, policing, rates, the proliferation of fast food outlets and the new investment from Tesco and Henderson's.

He said: "There has been progress made on a number of fronts and we hope to be able to make an official announcement very soon on certain matters, particularly the lighting issues on the Carnmoney Road.

"While all investment into Glengormley is welcome we have to be careful the new Henderson's centre (Glenwell) and the Tesco development at Northcott do not swallow the town in between."

He added: "Where the masterplan is concerned we believe it's a two-track issue. Many of us will not be here in 20 years time and Glengormley is on its knees now - something needs to be done in the short term."

Read full coverage of both recent traders' meetings in this week's Times...