THE possible pedestrianisation of Bryan Street in Ballymena town centre has been mentioned in a report considered by councillors.
Minutes of a behind-closed-doors section of a recent meeting of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, now made public, show that ‘public realm and revitalisation’ for 2020-21 was on the agenda.
Councillors were told the proposed schemes were subject to the Department of Communities Capital funding becoming available.
The minutes show councillors agreed that council officers continue to progress the projects including: ‘pedestrianisation of Bryan Street’.
No further details were given.
Traffic can currently drive along Bryan Street but the road surface at the Wellington Street end changed in recent years which gives that area of the street a pedestrianised look.
The minutes how another scheme being progressed is a public realm upgrading of Fairhill Lane/Fairhill Square and the top of Springwell Street joining Ballymoney Street.
Councillors agreed the Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy should write to the Department for Infrastructure ‘and begins negotiations with the DfI Traffic Branch regarding the car parking and taxi rank issues to unlock the Fairhill Lane, Fairhill Square and Springwell Street developments’.
Another scheme mentioned in Ballymena is for Lower Mill Street.
Schemes in Larne and Carrickfergus are also included.
The Bryan Street pedestrianisation was mentioned back in 2012 when the then Department of Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said in a letter to local representatives that proposals could include a pedestrian priority area and other possible improvements at Bryan Street.