Rogers commends organisers of Festival of Flight
South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has praised the officers and councillors on a highly successful Festival of Flight event.
Rogers told Newry Times, “The event was organised impeccably from the launch on Saturday morning in the grounds of the majestic Slieve Donard to the 90 second count down with the Red Arrows sweeping by on the shout of 1.
“The town was packed with locals and visitors alike from early on Saturday morning with traders setting up stalls outside their shop fronts.
“There was an amazing buzz around the whole town and I am delighted that some local businesses have reported increased sales from last year – this is what the festival is all about – building upon the good work and success of the previous year. So I wish to congratulate all involved in a truly enjoyable day.
Rogers continued, “I have however received complaints in respect of the traffic wardens. I do appreciate that there is a delicate balance between keeping the free flow of traffic and accommodating visitors.
“Back in May I had approached the Minister for Regional Development by way of an Assembly Question calling for additional park and ride facilities during the summer months – this request was denied due to cost prohibitions.
He added, “I will continue to press DRD in respect of additional parking provision – especially during events such as the Festival of Flight.”
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