£1m boost for Juniper Hill site

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Work is set to begin this Autumn on major improvements to Council’s Juniper Hill caravan site between Portrush and Portstewart.

Members attending last Tuesday’s Council meeting learned about the work, costing £1 million, which will be completed before the start of the 2015 summer season.

Ongoing problems at the popular camping site include poor drainage and electrical problems.

After seeing a report detailing remedial actions at the site, it was agreed that Council should push ahead with the improvements.

The drainage work will cost in the region of £300,000, whilst an upgrade to the electrical system, a new CCTV system and wifi for the park will cost £700,000. Members agreed to enter into the tender and procurement phase of the project.

Alliance councillor Barney Fitzpatrick asked if expansion options were being looked at as part of the improvements.

Director of Leisure and Development Services, Richard Baker said that it was, and that more information would be brought back to members.

UUP councillor Richard Holmes welcomed the improvements saying: “These facilities are a great source of income.”

Members were told that improvements to Coleraine Borough Council’s other site, Carrick Dhu would be looked at next year.