Antrim Council is to spend £24,000 installing user counters at a number of sites across the borough.
A number of the counters are already in place, at various locations, and are used by the council to track the number of people using facilities.
Over the past number of months, user counters have been installed at various locations in a phased approach, and in a report presented to council’s Development and Leisure Committee last week, it was proposed to extend the project to a number of additional sites including Dunlop Park, Parkhall playground, Crumlin play area, the Loughshore Trail, Crumlin Glen, Neillsbrook Environmental Area, and Toome Linear Path.
The report prepared by council officers noted that the installation of the pedestrian counters has become a “necessary tool” in fulfilling requirements of funding by reporting accurate usage data.
It was noted that this data has already been required for post-project evaluation reports for the Mill Race Trail and has “proved invaluable” in demonstrating the project’s value for money.
The report also noted that because of the council’s ability to measure and evaluate uptake and footfall, to date council has been able to secure external funding in excess of £30,000.
Councillor Neil Kelly said the counters were a great resource to council and would help with the “future planning of services”.
Councillors agreed to the proposal to install the additional counters at a cost of £24,000.