Sinn Féin Councillor Róisín Howell has this week recommended that a new footpath is created at the exit of Castlewellan Forest Park.
The Slieve Croob Councillor who is herself from Castlewellan has raised the issue stating;
‘The Forestry service has done a fantastic job in creating a new footpath inside the park itself, however as many people who use the park regularly know the exit of the park has a dangerous corner just as you exit’.
‘I would ask that the council extend the footpath so that pedestrians and cyclists are kept safe as they leave and go towards the Bann Road.’
‘Thousands of people use our fantastic park facilities every year, we have the largest permanent hedge maze in the world, fantastic mountain bike trails, and an excellent campsite’.
‘Everyone who uses these facilities must be kept safe’.
‘As well as the many local people who use the facilities we also see many thousands of tourists flock to Castlewellan to use the camping facilities. I hope these measures would encourage more people who use the park to also come into the town itself and which would benefit local businesses.’