‘Ballyclare relief road project must go ahead’: McCrea

South Antrim MP William McCrea has said that delivery of the Westlands Link Road is vital to the future prosperity of Ballyclare.

Responding to the story on page two of last week’s Times revealing that the £10million scheme has been put on hold for financial reasons, the DUP man commented: “The whole (Westlands) development is based on the delivery of the relief road and it cannot be allowed to be deleted from the plan in any way. It must go ahead, and from being in regular contact with representatives of the developer I believe that he is still determined to get this road delivered.”

Dr McCrea added: “Ballyclare is being choked (by traffic) at present and we badly need this relief road. I want to see the centre of the town vibrant and moving forward and we cannot get the town moving forward unless we get this relief road.”

The company behind the £400million Westlands housing and road development, Holm NI, told the Times that it remains committed to delivering the 3.1km by-pass between Templepatrick Road and Rashee Road.

“Holm are in advanced discussions, having pursued numerous avenues, to ensure that the required funding is made available to facilitate the delivery of the Westlands Link Road in the immediate future,” a spokesman confirmed.