Completion of Coastal and Dune Management Project
Wed, June 26, 2019
The Causeway Coast and Glens is celebrating enhanced visitor access at five popular beaches.
The recently completed Coastal and Dune Management Project enabled Ballycastle, Benone Strand, Castlerock, Runkerry and White Rocks to benefit from a range of new infrastructure. This will not only improve access to the beaches, but ensure the dune land is protected.
Speaking about the completion of the project, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “Our beautiful coastline is one of the most celebrated and most recognisable in all the world and it is only fitting that we aim to continually improve the overall visitor experience for incoming tourists. The aim of the project was to provide better access for everyone and with the summer season under way, it is fantastic that visitors will have a quality coastal experience.”
Ballycastle beach has benefited from an extensive boardwalk leading from the seafront to a viewing platform on the beach. Improved boardwalk access can also be seen at both Castlerock and Runkerry, providing a link for visitors between the promenade and the beach.
Improvements were made to the surface of the cliff path at White Rocks whilst additional storage for inclusive beach equipment and the first phase of improved access between the beach and The Ark facilities has been provided at Benone Strand from Sport NI.
The work was made possible due to funding from DAERA’s Rural Development Programme Co-operation Scheme, Sport NI and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
The local projects were developed by the Rural Development Programme’s Local Action Group and staff from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Tourism and Recreation Service.