Popular gathering spot for young drivers in Ballymena is closed off ahead of work

This section of car park has been closed off. Picture: Ballymena Daily.

A POPULAR gathering spot for young car drivers has been closed up ahead of work on a new development.

The area in question is at a section of car park adjacent to the KFC at Larne Road Link.

The road in the area is set to be developed as a new ‘southern link road’ going through the former St Patrick’s Barracks site to the Broughshane Road.

Barriers were placed up around the development site in recent days.

There had been some confusion about what exactly is planned for that exact site.

Sources had previously indicated ‘Burger King’ was to go on that precise site but confusion seems to have arisen with the fact that ‘Burger King’ has been linked with a drive-thru in the general area of the cinema.

The ‘Burger King’ development in the general area of the cinema had been discussed at behind-closed-doors sessions of Mid & East Antrim Council.

A ‘Burger King’ spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “Burger King UK are regularly evaluating opportunities to bring our great-tasting products to more customers in new locations.

“We do not currently have any information regarding a restaurant at this location but will keep you informed of further information if it becomes available.”

Regarding the site immediately beside Larne Road Link, which was closed up in recent weeks, a Mid & East Antrim Council spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’ on Wednesday: “Council are delighted to see progress being made on land, which obtained planning permission on 10th March 2016, at approx. 120metres south east of IMC Cinema Larne Road Link Ballymena for a filling station.”

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