Investment needed to unlock potential of Causeway Corridor – McMullan
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan said today investment in business and tourism is needed along the Causeway Coastal Corridor in East Antrim.
Speaking during an adjournment debate in the Assembly, the East Antrim MLA said;
"The Causeway Coastal Corridor from Larne to the north coast has suffered from decades of underinvestment.
"It is an area with huge potential and a programme of investment and development could transform the entire coastal corridor.
"The corridor runs through what is widely recognised as some of the most beautiful and scenic countryside anywhere in Ireland yet its tourist value is totally underestimated.
"Larne, the site of the second largest port, does not have a tourist office, despite the fact that it is the gateway to the coastal corridor.
"The new tourism body, Tourism NI, must develop a plan to promote the Causeway Coastal Corridor as a key destination to increase visitor spend and create much-needed jobs.
"As well as being a tourism destination, the corridor could also become a great location for business. Alongside the port, the area has road and rail links with the rest of Ireland yet there are no business or enterprise parks between Larne and Ballycastle.
"There needs to be investment in our small and medium-sized businesses to promote entrepreneurship in the area.
"It is also a rural area so any development and investment in the area has to be rural proofed to provide equal opportunities for everybody along the route of the Causeway Coastal Corridor."