Minister visits Ballyclare

Ballyclare Chamber of Trade President Darren Black and Committee member Mary Higgins with the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy (centre) during his recent visit to the town.
Ballyclare Chamber of Trade President Darren Black and Committee member Mary Higgins with the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy (centre) during his recent visit to the town.
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REGIONAL Development Minister Danny Kennedy heard the concerns of Ballyclare traders during his recent visit to the town.

The Chamber of Trade issued the invitation to Danny Kennedy who visited the area on Wednesday, (June 6).

Chamber President Darren Black raised a number of key issues affecting trading conditions with the Minister, including the recent decision to remove the 33 free parking spaces at Harrier Way.

The Chamber also raised concerns around the traffic congestion throughout the town during peak times and the continued gridlock at the North End/Asda roundabout.

The Minister took a tour of the town to see for himself the problems facing Ballyclare businesses and spoke with some of the town’s residents.

Darren Black said: “After some frank exchanges with the assembled party, the Minister agreed to look in depth at some of the suggestions put forward.

“The Chamber hopes that by meeting with the Minister change will happen for the long term security and vitality of the whole town centre.

“It was good of him to take the time out to come and meet with us and we will of course keep the pressure on to ensure the best for the town.”