Council says ‘No’ to Sunday racing but backs bill

�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 18th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com''The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.'McKendry fabrications Supersport race.'Race winner Michael Dunlop.
�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 18th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com''The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.'McKendry fabrications Supersport race.'Race winner Michael Dunlop.

Coleraine Borough Council has voted in favour of more flexibility for road closures around the North West 200, however they have ruled not to support Sunday racing.

Under the new proposals organisers could have two consecutive days of racing however they would have to give at least 48 hours notice before this could happen. At last Tuesday night’s Council meeting, DUP councillor Phyllis Fielding proposed that members accept the Road Races Amendments Bill, but called for no racing on Sundays. The proposal was seconded by Alliance councillor Barney Fitzpatrick and was agreed by all members.

Independent councillor Christine Alexander asked what the response had been from residents who lived on the course.

Kieran Doherty, Director of Environmental Services told the meeting that a bespoke consultation had taken place and that Sunday racing has been raised, he added that there was some ‘uncertainty’ amongst residents and that issues such as access for carers and medical personnel had been raised by residents.