DRAFT Minutes of meeting of the Traders Sub-Group

held in Pier 36 on Tuesday 25th June


  1. Attendance
    • Those present were:-

Gary McNinch (Chair)

  Adrian Kerr
Johanna Logan (Secretary)   Bill Kirkwood
Stephen Bailie   Judith Lewis
Kate Boyd   Karen McCullough
John Caldwell   Tim McKee
Ruth Hendry  

Denis Waterworth


Apologies: Murray Bailie, Karen Bolleboom – One Shorestreet, Kelly Cowan  – Porto, Samantha Gallagher – Legends, Nicole – Lookout, Sue – Maritime and Harry Wilson,


  1. Minutes of Meeting held on 29th April 2019

2.1    These were agreed following a proposal by Denis Waterworth and seconded by Bill Kirkwood


  1. Matters Arising from these Minutes

3.1    CCTV – The handover of over 1000 signatures took place in May, we are now awaiting response from the council


3.2    First Aid Kits/ – Johanna Logan has distributed to Co-op, Grace Neills, Pier 36, Eurospar.  The Moat Inn and the Captains Table were unsure if they have trained 1st aiders


  1. Summer Festival inc ideas shop local

Volunteers needed to help run the events.  Many present expressed concerns that they had not seen any requests.  Email had been sent 28th May.

Sat 29/06 4 more marshals are required.  RH to contact Gransha for volunteers

Sat 13th July BMX 8 marshals required

RH suggested for next year that we should put a map of the local venues


  1. Car Parking Update

John Caldwell reported on a meeting earlier that day of the Donaghadee Town Steering Group.  The meeting had been arranged to discuss the Borough Car Parking Strategy.   It has been accepted the Donaghadee needs a car park and the council are actively pursuing 2 sites.  These are likely to be pay and display with a token amount set for the first 2 hours.  Other issues which were discussed were:-

  • Improved signage for car parks;
  • Traders need to park on the outskirts of the town centre (inc the William St Car Park, to allow for improved turnover of spaces in the town;
  • The Dept for Infrastructure (DfI) were asked to consider a 3 hour parking restriction on the sea front with permits for residents;
  • DfI were asked to mark out parking spaces along the shorefront;
  • In the longer term the area between the back of the harbour and Dorman’s Isle could be reclaimed (this will receive further consideration as part of the study of the Commons due to commence in the autumn)


  1. Any Other Business

6.1    Making Tax Digital – HMRC do not provide onsite training, all their training courses are all online

6.2    RH queried the possibility of a Map of the town situated at the seafront with points of interest.  This would be paid for by the traders who wanted their premises highlighted

6.3    Bins – We need more bins and/or bigger bins in the town centre and harbour, perhaps also the recycling bins that Belfast CC have.

6.4    Communications – We will start gathering mobile numbers so we can double up our communications to try and ensure that all members get essential messages



The next meeting – Tuesday 20th August at 6.00pm in Pier 36