Maintenance work on the Horse Riding trail in Drumkeeragh Forest

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Dear Newry, Mourne and Down District Council,
I have a query regarding the waymarked 'Croob Trail' horse riding route in Drumkeeragh Forest, which the Forest Service inform me is managed by NMDDC.
I note that for more than a year, the map at carpark for horse boxes has shown a portion of this trail as 'closed for maintenance', and diversion signs are present directing riders along some of the walking/cycling paths instead.

Please can you tell me:
1. What date was the horseriding route opened, and how much public money was spent creating it?
2. What date was a portion of the route closed and diversion signs erected?
3. How many weeks was the route open in its original form, and how many weeks has it been in its temporary diverted form.
4. When the maintenance works are scheduled to complete.
5. How much public money has been spent on the maintenance works to date, and how much further outlay is expected to bring them to completion.

I also note your webpage https://www.newrymournedown.org/drumkeer... is labelled 'Update: Drumkeeragh Forest' but refers to 'Christmas 2020' as a projected opening date. Can you tell me if the Council has plans to update this webpage to reflect the current status of the amenity?

Yours faithfully,

Ligand Fields

Rooney, Ruth, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

I refer to the above and write further to your request for information
dated 21 January 2024 received by Council today.

 

You have requested information in relation to Maintenance work on the
Horse Riding trail in Drumkeeragh Forest.

 

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matter affecting land and the environment your request will be processed
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Kind regards,

 

 

Ruth Rooney
Information Officer

Oifig Dh√ļn P√°draig

Downpatrick Office

Downshire Civic Centre

Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road

Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

Council: 0330 137 4000

Direct dial: 0330 137 4825

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Rooney, Ruth, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

I refer to the above and write further to my email dated 22 January 2024.

 

Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 you have requested
information from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  Your request
has been processed in accordance with the Environmental Information
Regulations and, accordingly, please see Council’s response below.

 

REQUEST

I have a query regarding the waymarked 'Croob Trail' horse riding route in
Drumkeeragh Forest, which the Forest Service inform me is managed by
NMDDC.

I note that for more than a year, the map at carpark for horse boxes has
shown a portion of this trail as 'closed for maintenance', and diversion
signs are present directing riders along some of the walking/cycling paths
instead.

 

Please can you tell me:

1. What date was the horseriding route opened, and how much public money
was spent creating it?

2. What date was a portion of the route closed and diversion signs
erected?

3. How many weeks was the route open in its original form, and how many
weeks has it been in its temporary diverted form.

4. When the maintenance works are scheduled to complete.

5. How much public money has been spent on the maintenance works to date,
and how much further outlay is expected to bring them to completion.

6. I also note your webpage
[1]https://www.newrymournedown.org/drumkeer... is labelled 'Update:
Drumkeeragh Forest' but refers to 'Christmas 2020' as a projected opening
date.  Can you tell me if the Council has plans to update this webpage to
reflect the current status of the amenity?

 

 

RESPONSE

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council holds the following recorded
information relating to your request:

 1. There was no formal launch due to Covid. The trail sections became
accessible as and when they were completed across 2020/21. The Croob
trail Trailhead Panel and waymarking were installed April 2021, which
could be considered the launch of the trail. The Croob trail network
comprised existing forest roads and upgraded sections that were
already designed to be multi-use for family cycling and walking. The
only cost attributed to horse riding only was new build and clearance
works costed at c.£6,000, and signage (trailhead and waymarking)
costed at c.£200.
 2. Diversion signage installed 8 December 2021 and checked on 11 December
2021.
 3. Route was opened for 32 weeks. It is 111 weeks since closure and
diversion (as of 26 Jan 24).
 4. There is no timeframe agreed or budget identified for works at
present.
 5. See responses to Q1 & Q4 above. No additional maintenance spend has
been identified over and above the signage cost detailed.
 6. The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 apply to recorded
information held by Council and requests for
opinion/judgement/explanation fall outside the scope of the
Regulations unless the information requested is already held in a
recorded. Information on formulating requests is available on the
Information Commissioner’s Office website accessible via the following
link:
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I have passed your comments on to the relevant Service Team. Should
you wish to discuss this matter with the Service Team, you can contact
them directly via the following details: Telephone: 0330 137 4044.
Email: [3][email address]. If you wish to make a complaint
regarding Council’s Outdoor Leisure service you can do so by form,
email, letter, phone or in person. Contact details are available via
the following link:-
[4]https://www.newrymournedown.org/complain...

 

If you wish to discuss the above or require clarification on any matter,
please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

I trust this is of assistance.  However, should you be unhappy with our
response in this matter you may request an Internal Review of our response
by 27 March 2024.  You can contact Ms Edel Cosgrove, Head of Compliance
([5][email address]) in that regard. In the event you are unhappy
with the outcome of any Internal Review conducted by the Council you may
apply to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a review of our
response.

 

You can contact the ICO via the following details:

ICO website: [6]www.ico.org.uk

ICO self-service portal:
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Helpline: 0303 123 1114

 

Please note that the ICO generally expects Internal Reviews to be
completed prior to reviewing the decisions of public bodies.  For further
information in relation to the Environmental Information Regulations I
would direct you to the website of the Information Commissioner at:
[8]www.ico.org.uk.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Ruth Rooney
Information Officer

Oifig Dh√ļn P√°draig

Downpatrick Office

Downshire Civic Centre

Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road

Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

Council: 0330 137 4000

Direct dial: 0330 137 4825

[9]www.newrymournedown.org

[10]www.facebook.com/nmdcouncil

[11]www.twitter.com/nmdcouncil

 

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information. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed in such
messages are not given or endorsed by the Council, unless otherwise
indicated in writing by an authorised representative independent of such
messages. Please note that we cannot guarantee that this message or any
attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted and amended. The
Council undertakes monitoring of both incoming and outgoing e-mails. You
should therefore be aware that if you send an e-mail to a person within
the Council it may be subject to any monitoring deemed necessary by the
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this e-mail (or any response to it) under UK Data Protection and Freedom
of Information legislation, unless the information in it is covered by an
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