KEEPING the world-famous Coast Road safe from rockfalls is costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.
A report prepared by roads bosses for a meeting of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, due to be held this week, reveals that in the 2019/20 financial year £165,000 was spent on Coast Road ‘sea defences’.
The report also shows that so far in the 2020/21 financial year over £220,000 has been spent on the Coast Road including a section known as The Cloney which runs between Glenarm and Carnlough.
The report states: ‘To date the Department has completed various emergency repairs to stabilise the side slopes near The Cloney and has dealt with minor landslips and rock falls at various locations along the Coast Road.
‘The Department also completed preventative maintenance inspections and repairs during the summer to the seaward side of the Coast Road at various locations’.