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Walker Calls For Ramp At Braeside Gardens In Killyleagh
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“Something has to be done before there is a serious or fatal accident”.

Those were the words of Councillor Billy Walker who has campaigned for traffic calming measures on Killyleagh’s Braeside Gardens, a cul-de-sac leading down to the Bridge Centre in the town through a housing estate.

Rowallene Councillor Billy Walker has called for a new ramp to be installed at Braeside Gardens in Killyleagh.

Rowallene Councillor Billy Walker has called for a new ramp to be installed at Braeside Gardens in Killyleagh.

Councillor Walker explained: “The problem is quite simple. I started campaigning for this nine years ago. When the Bridge Centre was built there was provision included for the Council to instal a ramp for traffic calming measures. This was never done.

“I succeed in getting the DOE to put in a ramp higher up the hill but we are at the stage now where one is not enough. Traffic just flies down Braeside Gardens and it is just a matter of time before we see a terrible accident with a  child getting injured or worse. I have therefore lobbied Down District Council to provide a suitable ramp as originally agreed. It is not much to ask for.

“This is a blind bend and if the road is wet or icy then stopping is all the more difficult. There is a metal screw down traffic calming measure at the entrance to the Bridge centre but given the fast flow of traffic we do need to address this specifically. There have been a number of near misses already.

“This issue will be raised at the next full meeting of Down District Council and I look forward to a positive decision so we can finally put an end to this issue. It has gone on too long. Children play in this area and their safety must be paramount.

“I would also urge all parents to look after their children when they are out playing near this roadway, ” added Councillor Walker.