The local Councillor was speaking after Ards and North Down Borough Council revealed it was searching for funding opportunities to overhaul the latest section of the coastal path – with a new path on the seaward side of the seawall a possibility bypassing the private road and securing the deteriorating seawall.
Councillor Andrew Muir said: “The coastal path is a vital asset to our beautiful borough and one that we must ensure we make the most of.
“In recent years I have successfully lobbied to ensure vital changes were made to the coastal path, allowing for greater access and to benefit all users such as the new section bypassing old Seahill steps.
“While North Down is already well-known as a beautiful scenic spot for tourists, there is always more we can do as a borough to attract a greater number of visitors each year. Without action this vital Coastal Path link risks being irreparably damaged by the ravages of the sea.
“Alliance is committed to making North Down a better, healthier place to live, work or visit and I would urge all Councillors to get behind these plans. Hopefully through co-operation we can see the coastal path developed even further, encouraging many more to enjoy it.”