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Carnagh Forest: Safety fears prompt calls for new car park to open ahead of official opening

Carnagh Forest parking

Calls are being made for a new car park at the recently re-developed Carnagh Forest Park to be open ahead of the official opening next month.

Sinn Féin councillor Darren McNally has urged officials at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to open the carpark for safety reasons, ahead of the official opening on February 11.

“I am delighted that the paths, carpark and play park in Carnagh Forest have recently been completed and are hugely popular with local people, and others who are travelling from far and wide to walk, run and spend time with their families,” councillor McNally commented.

“While I understand that the new facilities here do need to be celebrated officially for a fantastic achievement, I have been contacted by a number of constituents by the dangers posed presently due to the carpark remaining closed.

“Having visited the park frequently over the last number of weeks I have been met with lines of cars along the road posing a threat to other traffic, pedestrians and visitors alike.”

Councillor McNally said cars are parking in the gateways and along the road on a very busy, fast paced stretch of road.

“Young families are climbing out of vehicles here to visit this wonderful facility,” he added. “I have asked Council to begin opening the gates to allow visitors to use the carpark as soon as possible to avoid this unnecessary danger.

“I have also asked for the road, around the gateway and several areas within the park to be cleaned up in the coming days.”

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