DUP politicians in Glengormley have launched a petition calling for the installation of a pedestrian crossing at Sandyknowes Park.
In response to concerns raised by local residents about pedestrian safety, the DUP representatives have vowed to lobby the Minister for Regional Development on the issue.
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds, Paula Bradley MLA and Councillors Phillip Brett and Audrey Ball visited the area last week to officially launch the petition.
Councillor Brett claimed that previous requests for Roads Service to introduce pedestrian safety measures in the area have been turned down. And he said that the petition outlining the safety concerns of residents regarding access to the play park is aimed at getting the DRD Minister to intervene and ensure that his department looks again at the situation.
“Residents in Sandyknowes Way and Sandyholme Park have raised concerns with me about the safety of children crossing the Antrim Road to gain access to Sandyknowes Play Park. Due to the volume and speed of traffic in the area, I contacted Roads Service but unfortunately they declined the request,” Cllr Brett explained.
“We feel that this issue relating to safety is of such importance that further action needs to be taken. We hope the Minister will listen to local concerns and we look forward to his response.”
Responding to Cllr Brett’s comments, a spokesperson for Roads Service said: “The results of a survey carried out at Antrim Road in the vicinity of Sandyknowes Park last year indicated that the site did not rank sufficiently, when compared with other competing sites, to be included in the current works programme.
“However, Roads Service is willing to consider any new factors that may now have an influence on the results.”
Anyone wanting to sign a copy of the petition can do so at Nigel Dodds’ constituency office on the Shore Road, or Paula Bradley’s constituency office on Portland Avenue.