Northern Ireland’s oldest known settlement, Mountsandel is not currently marked on signage in the area promoting the Causeway Coastal route, with Councillor Boyle – a Director on the Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism Partnership – now asking Anna Lo to raise the issue further at the Assembly.
Councillor Yvonne Boyle said: “I am delighted that Anna Lo, MLA and Chair of the Environment Committee, has agreed to bring Mountsandel’s lack of signage to the attention of the Assembly Environment Committee.
“We have been neglecting the marketing potential of this historic site – the oldest known site of human habitation in Ireland. Even the agreed signage from the old Town Hall in the Town Centre ‘has been delayed.
“While there is a trail in Mountsandel wood, visitors to the town simply wouldn’t know that it is there or how to get to it. The Causeway Coastal Route is well signposted but recent television coverage has shown that tourists are not encouraged to deviate from the route both missing this major site and negatively affecting local B&Bs.
“Correct signage would lead to more tourism in the area, boosting the economy and local jobs.”