Glenravel’s great big clean-up!

Cllr Paul Maguire at the recently cleaned Mill Pond which now shows the Flax Puller sculpture in his original glory.
Cllr Paul Maguire at the recently cleaned Mill Pond which now shows the Flax Puller sculpture in his original glory.

Braid SF Cllr Paul Maguire has thanked Ballymena Council for their help in making the annual Glenravel clean-up day another resounding success.

He said: “Over 20 local volunteers, assisted by council’s Environmental Health Officer Kevin Woodin and colleagues from Operational Services, gathered dozens of bags of litter and uplifted many bulky items from Cargan and Martinstown.

“I commend Glenravel Community & Residents’ Association Chair Marian Maguire and her team for coordinating the event and for all their work throughout the summer in planting and maintaining the beautiful floral displays.”

He pointed out that Council recently cleaned out the pond at the Martinstown MUGA pitch, which features local sculptor Eamon Higgins’ work ‘The Flax Puller’.

He said: “The hedge between the MUGA and Glenravel Road was also trimmed down, revealing some beautiful trees which had been hidden for years.

“Unfortunately the pond lay neglected for some years whilst title to the area was transferring to council’s ownership. Now reinstated to it’s former glory, it has been included in Council’s regular maintenance programme. When the pond was first developed a plaque was erected which has subsequently disappeared. I would appeal to anyone who knows of it’s whereabouts to get in touch or to anyone who knows the history of the flax industry in Martinstown, to also contact me so that an information panel could be sited alongside.”