Concerns over Ballee ‘roundabout of terror’

The spot where a car smashed through the fence of a house adjacent to Ballee roundabout.

The spot where a car smashed through the fence of a house adjacent to Ballee roundabout.

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A DUP assemblyman has described the Ballee Roundabout - famous for its Seven Towers sign - as an accident blackspot which has local people living in fear.

Paul Frew was speaking after visiting people living beside the busy roadway - which he dubbed a ‘roundabout of terror’ - to inspect the latest accident wqhich occurred when a vehicle crashed through a fence into two back yards knocking down a brick pillar.

Another view of the garden of the house adjacent to Ballee roundabout.

Another view of the garden of the house adjacent to Ballee roundabout.

It is understood that a ‘greasy substance’ was reported on the carriageway late on Sunday afternoon. Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann tweeted a warning for drivers to take extra care at the time.

North Antrim MLA Frew said his thoughts were with the young lady who was involved in the accident.

“I hope she makes a speedy and full recovery,” he said, before turning to the roundabout issue. “I have been campaigning for action on this roundabout for months now. There are so many accidents at this precise spot and on round leading onto the A26 Antrim line.

“I wrote to TransportNI a number of months ago asking them to consider the lane layout of the roundabout and the signage leading onto it.

“Now i think it is clear that where it is close to properties that metal barriers may be the only option to prevent vehicles crashing through into gardens of Old Antrim Mews, where children playing in the good weather.I have written to TransportNI requesting these measures before the full horrors of the DOE TV adverts from a number of years back are realised.