Environmental issues hold up progress on £25m road scheme

THE development company behind the ambitious Westlands housing project in Ballyclare has stressed that they are committed to building the long-awaited by-pass road linking the Templepatrick, Doagh and Rashee Roads.

The £25million relief road scheme, which had been expected to be well under way by now, is designed to help ease traffic congestion in and around Ballyclare town centre.

Responding to queries about why construction of the 3.1km route has been stalled, a spokesperson for holm NI revealed this week that certain environmental considerations have to be addressed before work on the project can continue.

“holm NI remains committed to the construction of the much-anticipated Westlands relief road and are working to ensure that certain conservation and environmental issues are addressed before construction begins. These include ensuring that breeding badgers and bird wildlife in the area have matured to a stage were they can be moved to enclosures and setts which have been specifically constructed to facilitate them out of harm’s way.

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