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40 acres of land on the site of Wrightbus is to be transferred to the council

40 acres of land on the site of Wrightbus is to be transferred to the council

Sale: Jeff Wright

Sale: Jeff Wright

40 acres of land on the site of Wrightbus is to be transferred to the council

A deal to transfer 40 acres of land on the site of Ballymena bus builder Wrightbus into public ownership is being finalised, it has emerged.

The land at Lisnafillan had been argued over during negotiations between the Wright family and the company's eventual new owner, Bamford Bus Company, last year.

In a compromise shareholder Jeff Wright, whose father Sir William Wright co-founded the company, then agreed for the 40 acres to be transferred to the people of Ballymena through an arrangement with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.