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Peter J. Martin
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Groomsport - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Seacliff Road and Jamaica Inn open for business

Tuesday 25th September 2012

Starting Monday 1st October Roads Service will be working on part of Seacliff Road for a period of eight weeks for general traffic. While officially classified as a road closure it will remain open for access and business/commercial traffic. This may cause problems for those residents who also use the parking bays. We were alerted to this by Mr Harding, the Manager of the Jamaica Inn who was naturally very concerned about the negative impact this closure could have on his business.

Starting Monday 1st October Roads Service will be working on part of Seacliff Road for a period of eight weeks for general traffic. While officially classified as a road closure it will remain open for access and business/commercial traffic. This may cause problems for those residents who also use the parking bays. We were alerted to this by Mr Harding, the Manager of the Jamaica Inn who was naturally very concerned about the negative impact this closure could have on his business. We met with a representative from DRD Roads Service and Mr Harding on Friday and made good progress in terms of a workable comprise regarding the closure and also with regard to signposting. It is important that everyone realises that the Jamaica Inn is open for business, as are all the Bed and Breakfasts along Seacliff Road. There will be signposting to inform constituents that the road is open for access and for residents” 

Cllr Peter Weir MLA 

The message needs to go out loud and clear that all commercial activity on the Seacliff Road will go unaffected throughout this period. While it is inevitable that some day time work needs to be done on the road there will full access to both the Jamaica Inn and the other bed and breakfasts on the street, with no restrictions at all in the evenings.” ‘Whilst recognising the need for Roads Service to carry out important maintenance on our highways it is important that they take into account the needs of local businesses and residents. I welcome the fact that Roads Service are willing to keep the road open for access during this period and there will be comprehensive signage to minimise loss of footfall to local businesses. 

Editors Notes David Harding, Manager – Jamaica Inn [07843488265] is willing to give an interview 

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