Alex Easton MLA has called on Ards and North Down Council to hold a public meeting and referendum on their proposals for the Coastal Path.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“As everyone knows I am opposed to the Council’s plans for the coastal path being widened into what is a small road from Bangor to Holywood, which is destroying the habitat and taking away the beauty of the current path. While nobody will argue that sections of the walk could do with a bit of an upgrade in parts it appears a lot of residents want the path left as is, there is a golden opportunity to develop another alternative using the old Donaghadee to Comber railway line and develop a small section joining on from Bangor. I don’t believe the Council are listening to the residents of the area and are sadly out of touch so I would propose that a public meeting is held for residents to voice their opinions and that the Council allow the residents of North Down to decide and have a referendum on the issue, that way the people decide and the council is shown to listen for a change.