Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane says he believes Transport NI will make the correct decision in relation to attempts to have an abandonment order placed on a stretch of the Carrickmore Road.
Speaking this week before a meeting between Transport NI, objectors and the applicant for the abandonment order, Councillor McShane said;
“No reasonable grounds exist for the public body to walk away from this important stretch of highway.
“It serves a very important purpose and has done for many decades, indeed a few centuries. Give the archeological, historical and geological significance of the area it shall continue to do so for many more to come.
“Its importance to the local community alongside visitors to the area as a quiet and picturesque retreat and its ease of access for vehicular traffic for those with disabilities to enjoy the location, are also important considerations when making a decision on any notions of abandonment of a public road.
“While not wishing to preempt any outcomes, common sense would indicate a public body will not forgo the public interest on this application”.