Support the Emergency Services
Ensure Quick and Easy Access Wherever Possible
The narrow track is in need of repair
The padlock has not been replaced on the bollard
The 3 o'clock to Bushmills approaching the Sand Rodden
Access to the strand would need to be kept clear of large boulders
The return to Runkerry Road
Added July 21
1. Removal of bollard blocking access to Runkerry Beach along the Sandy Rodden.
(Requested by Councillor P McShane).
All such signs should face strand users, not be sideways on.
I'm told that this and other gates on the road down to White Park Bay strand are usually kept locked via padlock and key. They are a barrier to quick and easy access for emergency service vehicles.
Added July 23
A padlocked bollard and, sometimes, a heavy chain and padlock can prevent emergency service vehicles getting even as far as this lower crossing-gate on the Sand Rodden; the lane leads to the eastern end of Bushfoot Strand.
Added November 7
The Moyle Council report is at odds with the accounts of witnesses recorded here on NALIL blog. The report makes no reference to the 30 minute toing and froing between Portballintrae and the Sand Rodden by the rapid response ambulance in the company of two coastguard vehicles; there's no mention of the family-size black hatchback car that appears to have been associated with rescue attempts. Moyle Council officials read NALIL blogs yet they apparently decided to ignore the accounts of independent witnesses. Why did the expressions of concern by some councillors at the time of the tragedy evaporate?
Following on from Council’s meeting on 23rd July 2012 a review of safety at Runkerry Beach was undertaken. A full report was circulated.
Councillor P McShane proposed,
Seconded by Councillor McAllister and resolved,
“That Council approve the recommendations in the report on safety and access to Runkerry Beach and that an Action Plan be prepared for their implementation.”