BOTH Omagh and Strabane town centres are expected to be completely free from election posters as the countdown to Christmas and the December 12 Westminster poll begins.
Last week, traders in both towns appealed to politicians to leave the main streets in the two towns free for the Christmas lights and decorations.
The traders received overwhelming support from the voting public to their ‘poster free zone’ appeal on an UH social media post last week.
So far, each of the those whose names will be on the ballot paper have said that they are happy and willing to avoid erecting the posters within the two town centres.
Sinn Féin’s Órfhlaith Begley had originally erected posters in Omagh town centre last Wednesday evening, but these were removed the following night.
Daniel McCrossan of the SDLP said its West Tyrone constituency Association had also agreed to the moratorium.
“We are quite happy to only erect posters in the general town areas and to leave out the central streets in line with the call from traders in Omagh and Strabane,” he said.
Alliance candidate, Stephen Donnelly, expressed the hope that this ‘sensible solution’ could be repeated more widely at future elections as well.
“I believe that people are sick and tired of seeing so many posters on poles in the two town centres, especially as we face into a third election this year.”
Tom Buchanan of the DUP said that he, too, was happy to adhere to the ad-hoc policy.
“It is coming up to the festive season and I’m sure that traders will welcome the fact that there are no posters within the town centres.”
Lynn McKinley, chair of Omagh Town Centre Forum, thanked the candidates for their co-operation as local businesses looked forward to a prosperous Christmas season.
Posted: 10:00 am November 9, 2019