District road safety meeting

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Antrim District Road Safety Committee held their bi-monthly meeting recently at Antrim Civic Centre.

The well attended meeting was chaired by the Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Brian Graham.

He expressed his deepest sympathy to the Kelso family on the death of their son Alan. Alan died when his motorbike left the road near Crumlin.

Members discussed many road issues in the Borough including Chapel Corner/Oriel road Antrim.

Councillor Paul Michael continued to express concerns regarding the school crossing.

Secretary Aldernab Drew Ritchie told the committee work in the area was ongoing. He also reported new crossing lights are to be installed to assist children to safely cross Stiles Way on their way to Parkhall Senior College and a meeting will be held in the Autumn in relation to a crossing close to Crumlin Primary School.

Members welcomed the traffic calming in Brantwood Gardens and The Folly, Antrim.

Councillor Neil Kelly asked about the possibility of ramps in Oakdale Manor.

Cllr. Michael said he had been approached by residents who live on the Ballyrobin Road close to the Templepatrick roundabout to extend the 40mph speed limit along the road to allow easier access from their homes.

Road racers along the dual carriageway in Antrim continues to cause serious concerns to residents and road users in the area.

Ald. Ritchie said: “These races are well organised and many top of the range cars are involved, achieving high dangerous speeds on an open road.”

The committee urged the PSNI to observe the area and take appropriate action as necessary.

All members agreed the number of serious injuries and deaths on our roads this year are totally unacceptable. Members wished the Chairman well for his term of office as Mayor. Drew.

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