Sinn Fein Councillor, Kathleen McGurk, has stated she will be pressing the statutory authorities to reinstate toilet amenities at Banagher Dam. Banagher Dam and Banagher Glen Nature Reserve is an area of ancient oak woodland which sits at the foot of the Sperrins just outside Feeny. It is a popular walking spot all year round and has proved particularly popular is recent months with many people looking for somewhere to walk off road during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking last week after the announcement of the reopening of council and DAERA operated toilet facilities at some of the area’s leisure and beauty spots, Councillor McGurk said, “it is welcome news to see the reopening of these facilities as a tentative step out of lockdown and will hopefully allow many more people to enjoy the fantastic scenery and outdoor recreational spaces our council area has to offer. However it is imperative that the toilet facilities which were once at Banagher Glen are reinstated as a matter of urgency. It is simply not acceptable that other recreational spaces are afforded more amenities than Banagher Glen. If we hope to attract more tourism to the Dungiven/Sperrins area of the Borough we should ensure we offer a world class experience, and that must include basic amenity facilities.”
It is understood that toilet facilities at the Car Park to the Dam were demolished by the council when they fell into a state of disrepair and portable toilets which were provided instead have been withdrawn as council have failed to come to an agreement between NI water who own the site and the Forestry Service who manage the site.
Councillor McGurk added “ I will be contacting all stakeholders, Council, NI water and Forestry Services, to ensure that they engage with each other to provide the amenities that this recreational space deserves.”