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Motorists forced to 'play chicken' at mini-roundabout - Cllr Cara McShane

23 March, 2009

Sinn Féin Moyle Council Vice-Chair, Councillor Cara McShane, has made a request again to Roads Service for urgent action to be taken to ensure the safety for motorists and pedestrians at the mini-roundabout on Leyland Road, Ballycastle and for the continuation of the footpath on the approach to the mini-roundabout at the bottom of Leyland Road.   Councillor Cara McShane said:   "I have requested again that Roads Service re-visit and survey the mini-roundabout at the junction of Leyland Road, Market Street and Ramoan Road, with a view to ensuring the safety for motorists and pedestrians, before someone there is seriously injured or killed.  There have been a spate of vehicular collisions that I am aware of at this site in the past two weeks alone.    "Motorists are literally 'playing chicken' with their lives as they approach the round-about.  There is no clear signage to indicate who has the right of way.  Roads Service need to carry out a survey at this junction and investigate what purpose this roundabout is actually serving.   Councillor McShane has requested a meeting on site with DRD Roads Service to discuss the issue further, and to meet with representatives from Roads Service and Tesco on the necessity to complete the footpath also at the bottom of Leyland Road.   Cllr McShane continued:   "Residents living on Leyland Road have been enduring a nightmare when negotiating the stretch of walkway on the approach to the mini-roundabout, for many years.  With the development of this area, the volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic has exacerbated the situation.    "When I first raised this issue two years ago, the explanation given by Roads Service was that they were awaiting the outcome of the application by Tesco at this site, before any decision could be taken to complete the footpath.  In my view, public safety is paramount and should be the key priority regardless of any planning application.  Public safety is the issue here and Sinn Féin will be pushing for a speedy resolution to this issue."  ENDS

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