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Felled trees putting bikers in danger

The felled tree lying dangerously across a mountain bike trail in the Gortin Glens.

MOUNTAIN bikers in the Gortin Glens are being put in serious danger by trees which have been felled across the trails.

The popular amenity which is still awaiting the start of a £1million redevelopment billed as one of the North’s leading mountain bike parks, has fallen further into disrepair and now poses a hazard to cyclists.

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Noel Mullen who has campaigned for years for the glens to be transformed into designated mountain bike centre, has expressed his anger and at frustration over the regression of the Gortin Glens as the sport of mountain biking continues to flourish across the country.

The Ulster Herald contacted the Forestry Service over the fallen trees on the trails, which have been clearly cut down by a mechanical saw.

West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan, who was invited along to the trails by Noel Mullen, expressed his shock at the state of neglect.

“The way the Gortin site sits at the moment can only be described as blatant neglect by the authorities who are charged with protecting nature trials, outdoor recreation and outdoor family activities,” said the SDLP assembly member.

The chopped down trees are blocking the path for cyclists and walkers.

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