Clarke calls for horse warning signs on Bannonstown Road

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has called on DRD Roads Service to install horse warning signs on the Bannonstown Road in Castlewellan. Clarke said he has make written representations to DRD Roads Service requesting the horse warning signs be erected as a safety precaution to alert motorists that horses and riders are entering and leaving Castlewellan Forest park crossing the Bannonstown Road. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated: “The Bannonstown road is used daily by horse riders who access Castlewellan Forest Park and Mount Pleasant horse trekking centre. However, a number of horse riders have contacted me regarding their serious concern at the speed of vehicles driving on the Bannonstown Road as they access and leave Castlewellan Forest Park.” “Whilst the Bannonstown Road is marshaled when horse riders are crossing into and out of Castlewellan Forest Park, some motorists are ignoring the marshals and driving at speed. This is concerning both the owner of the horse trekking centre and horse riders. I have asked DRD Roads Service to survey the Bannonstown Road and to consider installing horse warning signs to alert motorists that horses are crossing.” Clarke continued, “The signage would not only act as an advance warning to motorists of horse riders crossing Bannonstown road but would also give protection to the marshals who can be warning motorists up to five or six times a day of horse riders crossing.” “I trust that DRD Roads Service will agree to my request and install horse warning signage along the Bannonstown Road in Castlewellan,” he added.
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