Temporary reprieve for Tamnamore lay-by traders?

Street Traders at the Tamnamore roundabout
Street Traders at the Tamnamore roundabout

A temporary reprieve for street traders and commuters who use lay-bys off the Tamnamore Roundabout, could well be in sight.

In October, the Department of Regional Development said the lay-bys on the A45 Ballynakilly Road were to be “permanently removed and grassed over” after a new park-and-ride facility was completed.

Now it looks as though that decision could be reversed after Dungannon Council wrote to the Department outlining their opposition to the move.

According to minutes from a recent Council sub-committee meeting, Department officials have decided to leave the existing lay-bys in place. The position will be reviewed after the new park-and-ride facility becomes operational.

The response also stated that the Department is “not in agreement with the decision of the Council to permit street trading at this location”.

When the Council met in October, Sinn Fein representative, Dominic Molloy, said there were many more projects within the Borough which were “more pressing”than turning hard shoulder back to grass and “doing away with the trading area”. DUP Mayor, Roger Burton, said the council should do all it can to help the traders.