Ulster Unionist Councillor William McCandless has shed more light on Council’s decision to close the Ramore Head area of Portrush to the public during this weekend’s Air Show.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community, Cllr McCandless said : “For reasons of H.&S. the organisers and officers of Council feel it is best to not permit spectators to view from Ramore Head at this weekends display. This will be a flight path for helicopters to use for landing in the grounds at Ramore and I am sure the public can appreciate if wind direction is not favourable it is essential for this to be closed to the public.”
“The proper risk assessments have been carried out and this is to prevent and avoid any potential injuries. after the Shoreham incident in 2015 I appreciate the Council officers concerns and we should all support them in this. Safety of the public is their No.1 priority. If the winds are favourable on the day, I understand this may be reviewed. I would appeal to all to support our officers in this.”
“Royal Portrush Golf Club are also to be commended as on both days they will be not permitting the public to use their grounds at two periods each day for 1.5 hours time scales due to the jet flight path, again in interests of safeguarding the public.”
“Whilst we all enjoy this display we can appreciate that thousands of people will be attracted and it is our wish that all come and appreciate the display and all return home safely.”