Donaghadee residents are being offered the opportunity to contribute views on the annual summer festival and on the town’s long standing problems of traffic flows and car parking.  The Donaghadee Community Development Association, a local charity seeking to improve the town, has organised a public meeting in the Community Centre on Monday 15th October starting at 7.15pm.  The meeting is open to the general public.

Gary McNinch, local businessman and chairman of the Association explained “We are aware from social media that there are lots of ideas for improving the festival and we are keen to hear these and hopefully encourage more individuals and organisations to take part.  Last year’s festival featured just under 50 different events organised not only by ourselves but also by over 30 different organisations.  This is all put together by volunteers but if more people and organisations come forward there is scope to expand the festival.” 

Turning to the issue of traffic flows and car parking he said “The town’s population has increased by 77% in the last thirty years.   Plans were recently announced for an additional 400 houses, and this, together with major housing schemes already underway, will bring the town’s population to well over 8,000.  The town centre is regularly choked with traffic, parking spaces are at a premium and our schools and health centre are under severe pressure.  In short the town’s infrastructure has not kept pace with the increase in population.  The Association and its predecessors have been trying to get something done but with little success.  Council officials will be meeting with us in the next month or so and we want to give the general public the opportunity to express their views and suggest improvements.”

Each item for discussion will be allocated 45 minutes including a short presentation of key facts.