Red tape ‘frustrating’ attempts to safeguard iconic Dark Hedges

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Red tape ‘frustrating’ attempts to safeguard iconic Dark Hedges thumbnailThe Dark Hedges as they used to be; a deserted boulevard of breathtaking beauty and pristine verges. Can solutions to the problems caused by the droves of tourists now visiting the site, be found before irreversible damage is done?

THE CHAIR of the Dark Hedges Preservation Trust has challenged claims that the Trust and other bodies don't care about damage being caused to the iconic trees by the swarms of tourists visiting the site every day.
Mr Mervyn Storey MLA was responding to concerns expressed by a local resident, who sent pictures to the Chronicle showing large roots exposed, many with signs of damage.
“Why aren't the people in charge of the trees doing something?" the man asked, adding that the road should be closed to tourists, but not local people.
Responding, Mr Storey expressed his own frustration at delays in relation to road closure proposals and parking issues.
Citing bureaucratic processes, he told the Chronicle that: "nothing could be further from the truth that there is nothing going on."


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