Coleraine Borough Council confirms that the Portrush and Castlerock Christmas trees have been damaged as a result of last night’s storm.
The Portballintrae Christmas tree has snapped in two, resulting in a delay to the Light Switch On as staff have to replace and redress the tree, however the residents Christmas Party will go ahead on Saturday as planned.
Portrush Christmas tree is not broken, however it is sitting at a precarious angle and all the lights have been stripped from it. Unfortunately until Council can assess the full damage of the storm, a decision has been made to postpone the Portrush Christmas Tree Lights Switch on until Friday 13th of December at 7:30pm. Castlerock Christmas tree has been broken three quarters of the way down the tree however this will be fixed and the light switch on will still go ahead as planned on Thursday 12th December at 7:30pm.
There has been severe building damage and flooding within the Borough. A building in Portrush has been extensively damaged and Council’s Building Control team working with the PSNI have deemed the building unsafe and have had to close the road and public footpath on one side until weather abates. Flooding has occurred at the Crescent in Portstewart and damage to the lower promenade has resulted in the closure of the promenade until the weather improves.
Council staff are working hard to restore and fix the damage as soon as possibly, however prioritisation will be given to damaged facilities in the Borough before the Christmas Trees can be fixed. Lansdowne Shelter and additional areas in the Borough are still to be assessed but staff cannot currently get access to these due to flooding.
For more information on Coleraine Borough Council’s Christmas Light Switch On please contact Coleraine Borough Council’s Events Team on 028 7034 7234 or log onto Council’s website www.northcoastni.com or www.colerainebc.gov.uk. Information will also be distributed on Facebook and Twitter #ColeraineBC.