The former Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has thanked citizens who voiced their views on the future of Brown’s Bay and Islandmagee.
In line with its commitment to build stronger, safe and healthy communities, Council proposals aimed at developing and improving the caravan park and surrounding area at Brown’s Bay.
Council, working in conjunction with the Mae Murray Foundation, has been consulting with local people in recent months in order to develop a draft masterplan for the area.
Having received written feedback from many locals and taken on board the thoughts and feelings of many from the area at engagement events, Council undertook a further 12-week consultation process in order to ensure that the draft masterplan was reflective of how interested parties wish to see the site redeveloped.
And those responses are now being considered and acted on to decide the future of the spectacular attraction, situated on the world renowned Causeway Coastal Route.
Former Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “I am excited to see Council actively working towards enhancing Brown’s Bay for the future.
“Brown’s Bay is a wonderful natural asset and I look forward to seeing the area redeveloped in a way which is in keeping with the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
“I would be delighted to see investment in the caravan park to bring it back into sustainable use but in a way which is also sympathetic to the concerns of the local residents.
“Investment in Brown’s Bay opens up potential opportunities to create much-needed new employment within the area, especially with so much focus on growing our tourism offering within Mid and East Antrim.”
The masterplan contains potential development opportunities including car park improvements, the creation of an accessible path to the beach, the opening of a café, pop-up business opportunities, a boathouse, camping facilities, improved waste facilities, watersport provision and the introduction of glamping pods.
The findings will be brought to Full Council to be considered by Elected Members.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to the continual improvement of the Borough’s infrastructure, to creating opportunities for health and wellbeing, and to increasing social, environmental and economic benefits for residents in the Borough.
As part of the community planning process, Council is keen to ensure that ideas for the site are representative of the needs of the residents in this area.
The Mae Murray Foundation, with Council support, secured SportNI funding in the region of £30,000 to provide a ramp and temporary matting to enable wheelchair users to access the beach at Brown’s Bay.