Organiser ‘disheartened and dismayed’ at PSNI cuts

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Organiser ‘disheartened and dismayed’ at PSNI cuts thumbnailThe annual 'Round the Bridges' run in Limavady that may be affected by PSNI traffic cuts.

THE Chairman of a local running club has hit out at a letter from the PSNI indicating the club must now arrange it's own traffic management and pay police to manage any future events in the area. Limavady man Peter Jack, Chair of the Triangle Triathlon Club, believes this cost cutting move by the PSNI will "affect huge swathes of events" on the North Coast. A recent letter to Mr Jack, from the North Area Operational Planning, based in Ballymoney, indicated that as Chairman of the Triangle Triathlon Club all aspects of any event management and safety is now his responsibility.
The letter continues by explaining that "due to significant financial pressures within the PSNI" police will now stop providing any traffic management for events.
It is also outlined in the letter that any event will have to submit a 'Traffic Management Plan' to the PSNI, this plan must address all issues of traffic management and safety.
Adding that if police officers are needed for the traffic plan then the club may be charged by the PSNI. The Traffic Management Plan must be assisted by a Traffic Management Company, which the running club will also have to foot the bill.


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