Multi-million pound works due to start to restore popular coastal path

Paul McAleese AECOM, Jonathan McGrandle MEABC, Russell Eddis FP McCann, Colin Morrison and Philip Thompson MEABC are pictured at Blackhead Path.

MULTI-million pounds works to restore and protect Blackhead Path at Whitehead are set to get underway in June.

The project will see repair works carried out in stages over the next year to allow the thousands of visitors who enjoy this area each year, to explore the entire path in all its glory.

The contractor, FP McCann, has been appointed to complete the works. AECOM have also been integral to the plans which include repairs along the coastal paths from the Old Castle Road right up to the lighthouse and new steps and handrails.

Work to restore the Golden Steps was completed earlier this year and two new community noticeboards have been erected in Whitehead for information on the progress to be shared with locals and visitors alike.

These are located near the path car park and outside the Whitehead Community Association.

Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Anne Donaghy, said: “We’re very proud and excited to see work starting on this important project.

“The works will see this path restored to its former glory and leave a lasting legacy for generations to enjoy. The stunning coastal walk is not only an essential part of life for locals in Whitehead but one of this area’s biggest tourism assets.

“Whitehead is a stunning village with lots of eateries, shops, arts events and beautiful scenery to explore, and I would encourage everyone to make use of this whilst the works are ongoing.

“We are extremely keen to reopen the path as soon as the works are completed next year and appreciate the patience from the local community until that is done.

“We will continue to work closely with residents and the local community, including Blackhead Path Preservation Society, to get this breath-taking path open as soon as possible.”

Russell Eddis, Civil Engineering Business Manager at FP McCann, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in restoring the Blackhead Coastal Path which is so valued by the local community and visitors alike.

“We would respectfully request your continued patience and co-operation during the complex and challenging construction phase”

For more information and to keep up to date you can go to www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/BlackheadPath

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