Council to Address Parking at Tollymore Forest Park
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has announced a new initiative to address parking issues on the Burrenreagh and Hilltown Roads in Bryansford outside Tollymore Forest Park.
The initiative comes after a meeting of the Mournes DEA, which discussed concerns raised by local residents, businesses and farmers about the illegal and inconsiderate way some drivers were parking at the back of Tollymore.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “Tollymore is a jewel in the Mournes crown and currently attracts international visitors, Game of Throne enthusiasts and many local residents who wish to enjoy the beautiful surroundings within the Forest Park.
“We want to do everything to welcome visitors to Tollymore. At the same time, it is important that we manage the flow of visitors to ensure that the lives and businesses of our local residents are not impeded in any way. In order to do this, the Council will work in close partnership with statutory bodies and agencies to make sure that these issues can be addressed for the benefit of all.”
The Council, in partnership with the Forest Service NI and the PSNI, will be monitoring the site, particularly on weekends and Bank Holidays and as the main tourism season begins in March. Cars parked illegally outside of the site, on pavements or in areas that are clearly restricted, can expect to receive a parking ticket.
Tollymore has parking availability for over 300 vehicles and regular visitors are encouraged to consider a £50 season ticket which would be valid until 31 December 2018. These tickets are issued at the Forest Park and half price concessions are available for those aged over 60. Permits issued at Tollymore are also valid at all Forest Service recreational forests where parking charges apply.