Mountain bike trails on hold

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Moyle District Council is to hold off on plans to develop two mountain bike trails in Ballycastle and Glenariff forests.

Plans by Outdoor Recreation NI for the two trails were put before Council last year but, since then, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board Innovation budget was withdrawn leaving Moyle Council facing a shortfall of £20,000 to find to continue with the project.

At Monday’s meeting of Council, members were told that council officers had managed to identify £30,000 towards the £50,000 project - leaving a shortfall of £20,000.

Chair of the Council, Cllr Donal Cunningham said the project would perhaps be better served by Rural Development.

Cllr Robert McIlroy suggested deferring it for the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council to look at.

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Cllr Joan Baird agreed but added a caveat that £20,000 “is not a lot of money” saying that it was a “pity that we couldn’t get this project over the line”.

Cllr Padraig McShane said the problem was that the figure of over £50,000 was only to fund stage one of the project. He too suggested that the new super Council look at the project.

Cllr Donal Cunningham agreed saying that the withdrawal of the original funding was a “massive blow”.