Politicians mixed on views of progress on Cullybackey works

Cullybackey sign.
Cullybackey sign.

Local policiticans Jim Allister and David McIlveen have expressed contrasting views on parking and other proposed improvements in Cullybackey.

While the TUV leader spoke of “the neglect of Cullybackey”, DUP MLA David McIlveen ‘welcomed progress’ in the village, in particular around a Park & Ride facility for which, he said, the purchase of land is expected to be completed this year with roads and signal updating around the level crossing and final stages of development by 2018.

“This vital work has turned out to be much larger and costly than expected, but I welcome the fact that a real commitment is now behind bringing this long awaited project to fruition,” he said.

However, Jim Allister, who raised the issue during DRD questions in the Assembly, last week, stated: “In March of this year, the Department of Regional Development announced that it was going to provide 110 spaces. Yet, on Tuesday, the DUP Minister came to the Assembly chamber and told us that the level crossing must be redesigned before work can proceed. Not only that but Translink has not even completed the land purchase. It is now going to be another three years before we have that basic provision according to the DUP minister”.

Local TUV Cllr Timothy Gaston added: “The delay in the Cullybackey park-and-ride facility has been something I have explored with departmental officials at length. I am deeply disappointed by what I regard as an unacceptable delay in providing this service and would urge the Department to get its house in order. Local residents are polluted with excessive commuter parking on their doorsteps.”