‘Residents face lock-down’ during Newry parade says Newry MP Mickey Brady

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Friday, April 14th, 2017
Community, News, Politics
orange parade2Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has had what he described as a “frank but constructive” meeting with the PSNI. He said he raised concerns about the upcoming Band Parade on 21st April and what he labelled ‘the impact on local residents and traffic disruption’.
    At the recent meeting he said he raised a range of ongoing matters of concerns. “One,” he said, was, “the impact on local residents and businesses by the forthcoming Band Parade in the Belfast Road area.
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25th March 2017 The Sinn Féin MP continued, “There is a major band parade planned for Friday 21st April in Newry. The parade is being organised by the Loyal Sons of Benagh Flute Band.
  “I have been contacted by local residents who have been informed that 84 bands and 4,000 participants are expected. This will cause huge inconvenience to residents as they face a period of “lock-down”. “Major traffic disruption and gridlock takes place throughout the city and local businesses suffer,” he warned.
  “Myself nor the residents are trying to inhibit the right of those organising this band parade to celebrate their culture, but we do believe that they are not respecting the rights of the residents and businesses. “This band parade is not welcomed by the majority of local residents and negatively impacts on the local business community,” he insisted.
  The Sinn Féin representative asked the PSNI to review their management of the Band Parade based on what had taken place at previous similar events. “The main roads into and out of Newry must be cleared as quickly as practically possible to allow free movement of traffic. Local people need to be accommodated where necessary to get to and from their homes.
  “I raised the fact that last year a 40 ft lorry was directed through the High Street area and the Police have agreed that any HGV trying to get through Newry will be accommodated so as to try and keep traffic disruption to a minimum.”
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25th March 2017 Box Advert Brady added, “I will continue to engage with senior PSNI staff to discuss a wide range of concerns raised with me and my colleagues by local residents, communities and businesses people.” More on this story: Brady ‘concerned’ ahead of major Newry band parade
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