WORK on a new multi-million pounds road through the Ballymena Showgrounds complex and into the former St Patrick’s Barracks site as part of a major regeneration project is expected to last at least nine to twelve months and could start in July next year.
The details are contained in minutes of discussions by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.
Increased traffic is expected on the Warden Street side of the Showgrounds for events like football matches during the work phase.
That’s because the new road will go across a gravel area beside the Ecos Park which is currently used for parking by home supporters at Ballymena United matches.
The Council minutes showed the Council will be liasing with the football club.
The Council, which owns the Showgrounds, is also looking at the potential of having the main entrance to the Showgrounds at the Ecos end once the road is finalised.
The road will create a link from the Ecos roundabout on Broughshane Road to the Larne Road Link beside the cinema.
There are plans to develop St Patrick’s Barracks as a major venue featuring civic space, a leisure centre and workplaces.
Planning permission was given for the schemes earlier this year.