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Peter J. Martin
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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Martin calls for event to support town centre businesses

Tuesday 13th November 2012

This week I brought a motion to Council asking that consideration be given to my suggestion of bringing either a ‘Classic Car’ or ‘Modified Car’ Exhibition to our town centre in 2013. This would give a boost in consumer spend to town centre businesses many of whom are struggling in this very difficult economic climate. It will also encourage visitors to Bangor from further afield many of whom may then consider staying overnight.

This week I brought a motion to Council asking that consideration be given to my suggestion of bringing either a ‘Classic Car’ or ‘Modified Car’ Exhibition to our town centre in 2013. This would give a boost in consumer spend to town centre businesses many of whom are struggling in this very difficult economic climate. It will also encourage visitors to Bangor from further afield many of whom may then consider staying overnight. 

Whilst it is clearly not the solution to all the town centres problems I am reminded of the words of Edmund Burke who said 

‘No man made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little’.

Not only would this event bring in the exhibitors of these cars but also family members and a very loyal support group which this type of event attracts. It would also provide much needed free publicity for our town in the regional news. 

There are a number of clubs in Northern Ireland which have considerable numbers of registered members, the MGNI Club for example has nearly 200 members who welcome the opportunity to show off their lovingly restored cars. 

Ratepayers will be pleased no know that there should be no direct costs associated with hosting this event. I have spoken to local business owners who concur with me that any additional help for the town centre is very much welcomed and this type of ‘one off’ event has been very successful in attracting footfall that otherwise would not naturally gravitate to our town. 

It may also be possible to coordinate this event with the Italian Market for example when the good weather returns. Anything that we can do to help our town centre businesses in this economic climate should be considered and I would hope that this proposal will indeed become a reality 

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