Plea for traffic calming in vicinity of play park

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BALLYCLARE councillor Pat McCudden has again called on Roads Service officials to consider installing traffic calming measures at Avondale Drive in the town, close to the entrance of the children’s play park.

During a meeting with Deputy Divisional Roads Manager Bertie Ellison on Monday, June 12, the Alliance representative said that since the construction of the new council play area at Sixmile Park the number of motorists and pedestrians using the narrow road has increased. And he repeated a call he made several months ago for Roads Service to consider traffic calming measures in order to slow down motorists and protect pedestrians, particularly children.

“It would be better to put in these measures now rather than wait until after there is a bad accident,” he told the meeting.

Councillor McCudden received support for his request from DUP alderman Paul Girvan and councillor Jim Bingham, with the UUP man also calling for double yellow lines to be painted along the road near the play park so that local residents can access their properties.

Roads Service Section Engineer Colin Campbell told the meeting that an assessment had previously been carried out at the location, and that a programme of traffic calming measures was unlikely to be prioritised for some time given the department’s reduced budget for such schemes. However, with members stressing that there is a lot more traffic using the road since the opening of the play park, Mr Ellison agreed to have the matter looked at again.