UKIP Down District representative Alan Lewis has welcomed a commitment by the National Trust to further make improvements at the Murlough Nature Reserve.
He said: “I contacted the National Trust following calls from local residents with reference the lack of dog foul bins and toilet facilities.I welcome that the National Trust have now ordered extra dog foul bins and they are to be placed within the next couple of weeks.
“I am also pleased the Trust have indicated that additional toilet facilities are part of their long-term plan for the area. I have also requested more frequent litter pick-ups in the area.”
National Trust Coast and Countryside Manager David Thompson said: “The National Trust works with a number of agencies on a partnershop approach such as Tidy NI and Down District Council to enhance the visitor experience by improving the environment.
“This year has seen a big increase in number to our local beaches and with the successes in winning Blue Flag status and other awards we are seeing increased numbers this year as the public has confidence in enjoying our beaches.
“We have therefore had to increase the level of facilities provided o meet this demand. Therefore we have increased the number of dog bins, and have also introduced a number of benches. We also have a café running now for seven years at the entrance managed by Tara Gribben and this is well used by the visitors who can have a cuppa on the tables outside in the food weather we are enjoying.”]]>