Minister in forest park visit after road worry

William Irwin MLA, Minister Michelle McIlveen, Cllr. Gareth Wilson and Forest Service Chief Executive Malcolm Beatty at the main entrance to Gosford Forest Park.  INPT47
William Irwin MLA, Minister Michelle McIlveen, Cllr. Gareth Wilson and Forest Service Chief Executive Malcolm Beatty at the main entrance to Gosford Forest Park. INPT47

Ongoing concerns about parking on the hard shoulder at the main entrance to Gosford Forest Park were discussed at a meeting between Armagh councillors and Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen.

MLA William Irwin and Alderman Gareth Wilson of the DUP met the minister and Forest Service chief executive Malcolm Beatty.

Mr Irwin said the meeting was very useful and he was encouraged by the personal interest Minister McIlveen had taken in the matter.

Minister McIlveen said, “I will be looking closely at this matter to assess the options for improving the forest park entrance. This initial process will include liaising with the Department for Infrastructure, given their responsibility for the road network, and I understand a speed limit review is underway which encompasses the park entrance.

“All these various aspects will form part of my discussions into mitigating the risks at this location.”

Mr Irwin said there has been a great deal of concern about the risk to motorists and park users “as a result of the parking culture”.

He added, “Both Councillor Wilson and I will continue to work on this matter and keep in close contact with the DAERA Minister and her officials.”