Slieve Gullion meeting to sort out parking issues

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Friday, June 19th, 2015
Community, Politics
Sinn Fein Councillors Mickey Larkin and Roisin Mulgrew attended a meeting at Slieve Gullion Courtyard recently to view possible solutions for the lack of car parking and facilities on site.
Cllrs Mulgrew and Larkin at Slieve Gullion

Cllrs Mulgrew and Larkin at Slieve Gullion

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Larkin stated, “There have been ongoing issues relating to the sheer volume of visitors to the Courtyard, the insufficient car parking, toilets and the overspill of vehicles onto the surrounding roads. “The Council have provided extra staff to control access and parking in the area but the need to provide many more spaces has been recognised. With this in mind Councillors and officials met at the Courtyard to discuss solutions. “A number of options were viewed and work will begin to identify the most beneficial. Because this may take some time to come to fruition, the Council are also considering short term solutions as well,” he explained. Councillor Mulgrew welcomed the approach by the Council. “This meeting on site was essential in that it presented to everyone the problems and possible solutions,” she said. “The Council has realised that there needs to be investment here if we are to offer visitors an experience that will remain with them. Slieve Gullion has already become a focal point for day trippers with many travelling for hours to visit. “We have within our district what could be one of the top visitor attractions on this island and we need to invest heavily in it, to promote it and cherish it. Developing Slieve Gullion will create employment and encourage investment throughout the new Council area,” she added.
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