Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​Borough Council confirmed that discussions around the location of a car rally to be held in October are ongoing.

The issue was raised at the monthly council meeting by Alderman Gareth Wilson, who noted that organizers had yet to receive confirmation that Loughgall County Park would be proposed as a location.

“In terms of powersports events, there are a few events a year held at Loughgall Country Park that are hugely successful,” Alderman Wilson said.

“There is an event coming up on October 9, it’s a Targa rally and it usually takes place in the park. It’s a great place, but I think based on conversations the organizers have had with our officials, there might be a problem with that this year.

“The organizers are a little worried about the availability of the venue for the event which is actually only a few weeks away.

“I would be really grateful if [Council’s Deputy Chief Executive] Mark Parkinson could have a discussion with the rally organizers to see if these issues can be overcome.

“The organizers expect a location to be offered as it is each year and I hope the conversation can take place within a very short period of time over the next few days.”

The Council’s strategic director of neighborhood services, Sharon O’Gorman, confirmed that officers are currently in contact with the event’s organizers.

“Agents are and will be in contact with the event organizers regarding this event and location and we will update Alderman Wilson as this progresses,” confirmed Ms. O’Gorman.

Councilor Sam Nicholson said he felt, after discussing the matter with officers, that the documents are being verified and a decision should be made soon.

“The organizers are a little worried about the availability of the place for the event which is really only in a few weeks,” he added.

“I just want to express my thanks to the officers I have spoken to about this issue and I hope the outcome will be positive for everyone involved.”

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