Belfast Telegraph

River route needs fence, say anxious parents

By Victoria Leonard

Anxious parents who regularly use the popular route near the Ecos Centre where young Kayden Fleck fell into the river are calling for fencing to be erected to prevent another tragedy.

The spot is part of an 8km network of paths running around 220 acres of parkland.

The path network has many access points around Ballymena, including at Kernohan's Lane, Ballykeel and near the Seven Towers Leisure Centre.

Clare Lorimer's daughter Sophie (5) went to nursery school with the Fleck twins, and had been in Kayden's P1 class when he attended Ballykeel Primary.

After the mum and her young daughter had signed the book of condolence at Harryville Primary School, she said she believed the riverside walk was "not really safe for families".

"It's so close to the river, and at some parts the river is on both sides," she explained.

"The river should be fenced off or railings put in - it's very popular with young families."

Local mum-of-three Tanya Agnew (45) described Kayden's death as a "loss for Ballymena".

She added: "I have kids myself and you just want them to be safe.

"A lot of kids use that route for the Parkrun every Saturday.

"I think fencing needs to be put up along it. One life lost is one too many."

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said: "An investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing. Council is continuing to work with other statutory agencies."

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