OMAGH traders are calling on local election candidates to make the town centre a ‘poster free zone’ this Christmas.
With the Westminster election taking place during December for the first time in almost 100 years, traders feel the proliferation of candidates’ posters would detract from the efforts to make the town centre as festive and welcoming to shoppers as possible.
Omagh Town Centre Forum chairperson, Lynn McKinley, says she would like to see the candidates come to an agreement on this issue.
Ms McKinley, proprietor of She Boutique in Market Street, said, “Businesses make financial contributions for the Christmas decorations and we are working to promote shop local campaigns, so we really wouldn’t want anything to potentially detract from those efforts.
“Christmas is a vital time for town centre trade, and the emphasis is to attract as many shoppers as possible over the coming weeks and months, as we look forward to the switching on of the lights on November 23.
“The forum are meeting on Thursday and I will be raising this issue. We will be urging the election candidates to please consider not putting up posters in the town centre.” This stance was supported by Bridge Street jeweller, Tony Laird, who said nothing should take away from the festive spirit during those important trading weeks before Christmas.
He said, “So much effort goes into promoting the town centre at Christmas and I feel there is no need to be littering the town with these posters, especially at this time of year. From talking to customers, they don’t want these posters as well – they don’t reflect the spirit of the festive season.”