Council urged to sort out Gobbins management issue

The tubular bridge at the Gobbins as it appeared in the early 1900s. INLT 02-802-CON
The tubular bridge at the Gobbins as it appeared in the early 1900s. INLT 02-802-CON
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Calls have been made for Larne Borough Council to urgently put in place management arrangements for the Gobbins cliff path, as the long-awaited flagship project nears completion.

The multi- million pound attraction – which is expected to open around the start of March next year – will be the jewel in local authority’s crown.

And, with Larne Council set to merge with its counterparts in Carrick and Ballymena to form the new Mid and East Antrim District Council in April 2015, preparations are underway to transfer the Gobbins project into the hand of the new organisation.

At the latest meeting of the policy and resources committee, Councillor Gregg McKeen put forward a motion urging the council to “ensure the smooth transition to Mid and East Antrim Council so that the Gobbins is delivered and handed-over in good shape”.

Cllr McKeen proposed that the Gobbins Steering Committee meets immediate with the chief executive of Mid and East Antrim to put in place these arrangements, first being managed by Larne Council until March 30, 2015, and then by the new super council.

“This will allow us to move forward in recruiting staff, putting in place various service/contracts, marketing and planning for the opening of the attraction,” he concluded.

The motion was passed by members.