Cushendall Road Safety Measures Planned – But When?

Roads Service has wrote to Moyle District Council to inform that there is a scheme proposal being developed to provide a Vehicle Restraint System (crash barriers) opposite number 147 Cushendall Road. The confirmation follows a campaign by Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane to have safety measures put in place at the accident black spot.

But the Councillor remains unhappy and has requested the Council now write to the DRD Minister to implement the programme as he claims the project is not time bound and may not be in place for a number of years.

Councillor Mc Shane said;

“The scheme is not included in the current works programme and may not be for years to come given the decimation of the Minor Works budget that funds the safety measures proposed.

“The site has witnessed numerous accidents going back a number of years with an intense proliferation in the last number of weeks. Five cars have been involved in serious accidents there in the last month”.

The Divisional Roads Manager, Deidre Mackle in a letter to Moyle Council stated;

“Progress of this scheme through to prioritisation within a future years works programme will be subject to funding availability along with a number of other key issues including the successful acquisition of any land required”.

Councillor Mc Shane finished by stating;

“Stormont has hammered the budgets for the Northern Division of Roads Service. The minor works budget has decreased to less than half a million pounds for an area that stretches from Derry to Belfast. The budget was many times that amount in the past. Ultimate responsibility with the required safety measures now rest with the Minister”.

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Electric Blanket Testing!

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Electric-blanket-related injuries and fires typically happen because people are using faulty blankets or do not use their blankets properly.  To help stay safe and warm this winter and to help reduce the number of unsafe electric blankets being used at home, Moyle Home Accident Prevention (HAP) Group in association with Moyle District Council are holding a FREE Electrical Blanket Testing event in Moyle District Council Offices, Sheskburn House, Ballycastle on Friday 18thOctober 2013. 

 Faulty Blankets will be destroyed and replaced.

If you know of anyone wishing to avail of the FREE ELECTRIC BLANKET TEST please contact the Environmental Health department to book a time slot. 02820762225

Sea Gives Up Missing Polish Native

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The remains of a Polish man who was washed off rocks at Ramore Head in Portrush while fishing on the 14th of September was found washed up at Carnlough in County Antrim on Friday afternoon.
Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane commended the Red Bay lifeboat crew from Cushendall who recovered the remains of the deceased.
“Often the sea around our coast refuses to give up her dead. In this case I am pleased for the family of the deceased Polish native who had visited the area a short time ago in the hope of recovering the remains of their loved one. While a tragic story I hope the discovery will bring an element of closure to the family.
Councillor Mc Shane continued;
“I would encourage anyone taking to the waters round our coast, including those fishing off our coastline, to be aware of the dangers and to begin a culture of wearing life jackets as this tragic incident is not the first of this nature”.

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