Council agrees to spend £6,000 on campsite upgrade


Newtownabbey Borough Council is to spend £6,000 on improving the existing tent pitches at Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park.

The project will include the construction of a raised base to stop the pitches flooding during periods of heavy rain, and work to provide electrical points for each tent pitch.

In a further move to improve facilities at the caravan park, the local authority is considering the possibility of providing pods - camping chalets which can be fitted with beds, kitchens, shower and toilet facilities - at the Shore Road site.

At their February Development Committee meeting, members agreed that improvement work on the tent pitches should go ahead immediately, but that pods be introduced at a later stage, subject to favourable market research.

Welcoming the possibility of pods being provided at the facility, Alliance Councillor Tom Campbell said: “This caravan site has been a real success and this proposal shows how well it is being proactively managed. There is evidence that the site is popular to the extent that there are some long term users, but in providing the pod style units we can further enhance the choice and amenities available on site.”

Meanwhile, the council has carried out research into the possibility of establishing a community radio station in Newtownabbey.

After receiving a report stating that borough-wide transmission would not be possible, and that a 10-day broadcast period could cost almost £6,000, members of the Development Committee agreed to ‘note’ the issue.