Calls to clean up ‘dirty’ Larne Main Street pavement

Stains on the recently-laid footpath on Larne Main Street. INLT-39-708-con
Stains on the recently-laid footpath on Larne Main Street. INLT-39-708-con

Local traders are calling for regular cleaning of Main Street’s new pavement amid complaints that it already looks “stained” and “dirty.”

The lightly-coloured paving stones were recently laid as part of the £2.01 million Larne public realm scheme, which was officially launched today (Thursday September 29).

Stains on the new Larne Main Street paving stones. INLT-39-711-con

Stains on the new Larne Main Street paving stones. INLT-39-711-con

However, local traders say that the route is already starting to look worn as leaves, dog fouling and litter leave noticeable stains on the white pavement.

“It looked good for the first week but then the stains started to appear,” said one Main Street trader, who wished to remain anonyous.

“It’s good the pavement has been replaced but it is already starting to look shabby.

“They need to maintain the path and the council should wash it at least once a month.

The imprint of a leaf is clearly visible on one of Larne Main Street's new paving stones. INLT-39-709-con

The imprint of a leaf is clearly visible on one of Larne Main Street's new paving stones. INLT-39-709-con

“They should have taken into consideration that a lightly-coloured pavement would need more maintenance,” he concluded.

Another trader told the Times that she feared the new pavement would “end up looking worse than the old one.”

“It’s going to get grubby and it will end up looking terrible,” she said.

“The new trees which have been put in on Main Street are shedding their leaves, which are staining the pavement.

They would need to be out cleaning that pavement twice a week. I don’t think it was money well spent.”

A third trader also commented that the pavement was “very dirty looking.”

“There is a lot of dog fouling, and where the leaves from trees and foliage from hanging baskets fall they leave a mark which looks like rust, she stated. “The council should have done the pavement in a darker colour.”

A Mid and East Antrim Borough Council spokeswoman said: “The paving is granite natural stone which is extremely hard wearing; the colour was agreed following consultation with a wide range of interested parties and stakeholders. The whole scheme design was intended to create a bright and refreshed town centre; the stone has been sealed to minimise permanent staining and assist cleaning.

“Council will continue to clean the pavements as part of their cleansing regime. All cleaning will be carried out in accordance with supplier guidelines for cleaning of sealed stone.”