Sinn Féin Group leader on Causeway Coast and Glens Council Leanne Peacock has said that plans by some Councillors to revive the Air Show in Portrush will only increase pressure to the rates and hamper new innovative events programming by the council.
In a statement issued this week, Cllr Peacock said: “The Air Show ended last year due to the exorbitant cost and the impact it had on council finances. Most people were of the opinion that it had run its course.
“The air show costs hundreds of thousands of pounds for just a few hours entertainment. Council had plans to look at and rejuvenate its events programme coming out of the pandemic to ensure that it would provide maximum value for money, maximum appeal to locals and tourists alike and equally serve the whole council area.
“There are many events and festivals across the Council and many new ideas in communities for events that have only a fraction of the cost involved but provide equal, if not increased, entertainment and attraction for locals and tourists as well as economic benefit to the area.
“It seems though that Unionist councillors supported by Alliance are oblivious to all that in their desire to bring back the air show after pushing through a rushed decision at council.
“It is our intention to challenge the legality of this decision.”