Alliance calls for Council to put wheels in motion towards Coastal Path upgrade

Councillor Martin McRandal and
Andrew Muir MLA at North Down
Coastal Path section in need of upgrade

North Down Alliance Councillor Martin McRandal and I have urged the Council and Department for Infrastructure to progress plans apace to make North Down Coastal Path safer and easier to travel by prioritising upgrade of the stretch between Royal Belfast Golf Club and Seahill. 

We have made the call after the Department for Infrastructure made £20 million available as part of Blue Green Fund for Greenways and other initiatives.

With more people out walking, running and cycling in recent times the need to deliver fit for purpose safe infrastructure for active living and travel is increasingly important.

This has been rightly recognised by government setting aside a fund for Greenways and other infrastructure.

Ards and North Down Council should seek to utilise the funding without delay proceeding to the next stage to deliver schemes already in development across the Borough linking Holywood to Bangor, Donaghadee to Conlig and on to Newtownards and the Comber Greenway.

Councillor Martin McRandal commented “We are blessed to have this wonderful resource which many of us have been taking the opportunity to enjoy within the past few weeks. The fact that it accommodates different types of users - walkers, dog walkers, runners and cyclists - can cause difficulties. Development of this section of the coastal path will help to alleviate these difficulties and make it safer for all users.”