National Trust and PSNI call for walkers to stay away from NI beauty spots

The National Trust have issued an appeal to the public to stay away from Divis Mountain.

By Gemma Murray
Sunday, 21st February 2021, 3:35 pm

The National Trust have issued an appeal to the public to stay away from Divis Mountain.

In a post online they said it was due to ‘huge amounts of traffic on Divis Mountain’.

The call came as PSNI were understood to be managing ‘dangerous roadside parking’ at the spot this morning.

Last month the Trust appealed for the public to exercise close to home as hundreds took to the Black Mountain.

And today, the National Trust NI said: “We’re already experiencing huge amounts of traffic on Divis Mountain this morning resulting in dangerous roadside parking which the PSNI are managing.

“The car parks are now full so please do not travel here today.”

On Facebook, the National Trust NI added: “The nicer weather today means our outdoor places are experiencing an increase in visitor numbers and the car parks are likely to be full.

“If you are planning to visit please check the website for the latest travel information before setting out on your journey.”

And Police west Belfast in an online post said: ““Our officers responded to a report of traffic congestion and parked cars causing obstructions within the vicinity of Divis Mountain and Divis Road this morning.

To help ease the traffic our Officers attended.

“We would ask motorists and members of the public to avoid the area.”

The news comes as Police Causeway Coast and Glens appealed for people to think before they travelled today - evne though the weather is good.

In a Tweet they sayd: “If you are considering meeting with people outside of your household or bubble please stop and think.

“It’s not just a quick catch up, it’s not just calling to your neighbours.

“Making the right choice now is helping to save lives.”