Communities need to respect each other

19 03 2012

Commenting on the selective targeting of the “Ballycastle” name on directional road signs in a number of locations in North Antrim, SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for neighbouring communities to show each other greater respect.
“I am concerned that the recent spread of this vandalism looks to have some systematic and planned approach involving considerable effort. I have three major concerns regarding the impact of these actions
Cost to the Taxpayer:the cost to the taxpayer in terms of finance,time and resources required by the Roads Service to repair and maintain these signs
Tourism:as a tourist area we need attractive , accurate directional signs as a means of promoting the area
Community impact:the psychological impact on local communities at a time when we should be looking improve cross community and inter community relationships.

Strong local community leadership is needed to combat prejudice and ignorance and to promote better understanding, tolerance and respect.


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