Local concerns have been voiced over a major housing development proposal for the Newtownards area.
At a public meeting in Newtownards town hall earlier this month (July 8), residents living in the Beverley Heights and Rosevale areas who “on a daily basis are already running the gauntlet” to get out on the main commuter roads, expressed their concerns over the further traffic strain a 530 house development will cause in the area.
Alliance MLA Kieran McCarthy, one of the organisers of the meeting told the Community Telegraph yesterday, July 19: “I would like to thank the number of residents living next to the 74 acre development site who took the time to share their thoughts.
“The potential increased volume of traffic was of major concern to many residents. They were already experiencing difficulty in gaining access from the Beverley Heights / Rosevale to the main Bangor Road and ran the gauntlet daily by nipping out between oncoming cars, especially at peak times. However the developers do seem willing to take on board the need for the creation of a road before the houses are built, and this is a good sign.
He added: “I would say there is an overwhelming feeling in the area that the east of Newtownards has had its fair share of development.Which is why I feel it was important, as local representatives, to consult with local people at this early stage.”
Councillor Alan McDowell said: “Feedback from this meeting will be given to a special Ards Borough Council Committee meeting that will provide a response to the Environmental Statement for this development. There was still time to raise concerns and influence the proposals if people unite.”