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Boardwalk plan sparks anti-social concern

Thursday, 11 May 2017

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A NEW extension to the boardwalk along the Six Mile Water in Antrim must not be allowed to become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, residents and councillors have warned.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has allocated funds from their DEA, or District Electoral Area, budget to a project identified in a report commissioned by Antrim Towns Development Company.
Last October, a council spokeswoman told the Antrim Guardian that the council had agreed to allocate up to 18,000 from the DEA budget towards regeneration projects identified in a town centre plan produced by ATDC.
“The proposed extension to the boardwalk along the edge of the Six Mile Water is one of these projects that will benefit and a feasibility study is to be carried out by Antrim Towns Development Company," she said.
A planning application has now been lodged and the stakeholders hope that the boardwalk extension will promote better footfall links between Antrim Castle Gardens and the town centre as well as creating the potential for landowners to open their properties on to the boardwalk for increased business.
There would also be the potential for creating a hub for activities like cycling, walking and kayaking.
However, residents close to the proposed extension say that the current boardwalk has seen under-aged drinking, anti-social behaviour and vandalism and claim that an extension could compound the problems.
* Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian.

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