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Castlerock - ‘the forgotten village’

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Castlerock - ‘the forgotten village’ thumbnailThe historic Castlerock railway footbridge which is at the centre of a funding row.

A COMMUNITY stalwart has claimed that Castlerock is "the forgotten village" while Council "lavishes" resources on Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart.
Mike Jones, Chair of Castlerock Community Association, said there was a "high level of discontent" with the general state of the village, being voiced "on every street corner and in every shop and meeting place."
He added: "The return of the village's own street cleansing operative - Roy - planned for July 1 - is desperately awaited, but he can't be expected to work miracles.
“The Castlerock Community Association's Village Beautiful team does what it can to clean up, tidy up and brighten up the village area with its strategic sitings of flower baskets and tubs.
“But local resources are limited and the multitude of blooms lavished on Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart means that the crumbs that fall from the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's table in the direction of Castlerock are but few."
He added: "Sadly, the widespread belief that Castlerock always has been and still is 'the forgotten village,' in terms of its share of the economic pie, is all too valid."
Referring to a council debate earlier this month over £30,000 funding for a temporary footbridge, while the state of the deteriorating railway bridge is assessed, Mr Jones accused councillors of seeking "to score points off one another, at the expense of the residents of Castlerock and of their bridge."

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