The incoming year will bring great prospects for the area, East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has claimd.
The infrastructure developments and investment in the area in 2015 provide a good foundation for further investment and job creation in 2016, according to the DUP man.
“The completion of the A2 and A8 last year - projects which I was pleased to have played a part in bringing forward by allocating the money for them when I was Finance Minister - have improved journey times and opened up new opportunities for industrial investment and house building in both Larne and Carrickfergus,” Mr Wilson added.
“The tourist industry has been given a shot in the arm, with the opening of the Gobbins path already attracting thousands of visitors to the area. The work which has started on the old railway yards in Whitehead will open huge possibilities for tourist interest in steam trains. I know that as a spinoff from these developments there will be more announcements of major tourist and industrial investments.
“However, it is not just large scale projects which will help revitalise the local economy. Many small businesses which are being encouraged through the excellent work of LEDCOM have helped over 1500 people enter self employment,” Mr Wilson added.
“Our local economy, despite some of the setbacks from major employers who have been shedding jobs, is in good health.” He added: “We have much to celebrate and I believe we will have more in 2016.”