The business community in east Antrim has been urged to “wake up” to the challenges of the new Mid and East Antrim super council.
That was the message from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) this week as it launched its ‘Local First’ manifesto.
The initiative, supported by Danske Bank, details over 80 recommendations for the new council, which is due to take the reins in April 2015.
NIIRTA chief executive, Glyn Roberts, who visited Larne, Carrick and Ballyclare this week to launch the manifesto, claimed the new council could “help to create employment, regenerate town centres, revamp car parking and ensure it adopts a fair planning policy”.
He added: “This is not just a retail manifesto, but a programme for economic and social change.
“By and large the local business community in Larne and Carrickfergus needs to wake up to the huge challenges and opportunities that the new council will offer.
“It could be the change-maker for economic development, radically new town centres, innovation and urban regeneration”
“NIIRTA wants to build on its excellent relationship with the traders groups in Larne and Carrickfergus and fully support them in developing a enhanced role in shaping the new councils economic priorities,” Mr Roberts concluded.