Backing for Lough Shore Marshals

Neil Kelly Alliance Party conference 2011. Picture by Bernie Brown

Neil Kelly Alliance Party conference 2011. Picture by Bernie Brown

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Antrim Council have once again agreed to back plans to use marshals for the Lough Shore Park over the busy summer period.

Last year the council appointed members of Eye Feel Good to provide a trial marshalling service for the area.

They are yet again set to invite expressions of interest from existing franchises at the park.

The marshalling service improved health and safety and involved monitoring use of slipways.

The service proved very worthwhile with marshals present on busy Saturdays and Sundays to supervise parking.

On one occasion a marshal had to go to the assistance of a visitor who fell into the river.

At last Thursday’s Development and Leisure Committee, Councillor Neil Kelly opened the comments by asking were the marshals still in operation as he had been at the park and not seen any of them.

He said: “I was down there on Sunday, and people were all over the place and there didn’t seem to be any marshals.

“There were people parking all over the place. There’s yellow boxes but people were still parking there.”

Director of Development, Leisure and Borough Services Geraldine Girvan said: “The whole point is using people that are on site, but I will follow that up.”

Mayor of Antrim Roderick Swann told members that on that day the Sports Relief Mile was taking place which would explain the high volume of people in the area.

Ms Girvan explained that the marshal programme concentrates on the summer months when it is busy and there is a real need for them.

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