A DUP delegation have met the Parades Commission to appeal a decision to place restrictions on the Apprentice Boys Parade on Saturday in Portadown.
Upper Bann MP David Simpson and Cllr Darryn Causby met with the Commission following a determination to restrict the parade from passing through the Woodhouse Street and Park Road areas of the town.
Mr Simpson said, “This decision by the Parades Commission is another one which defies logic. This parade was not considered contentious and this view was shared by the PSNI. Indeed, when the parade appeared on the Commission’s website on 26th July, it was not highlighted as sensitive.
“This was sensible, as the area, which the parade has now been banned from, is considered to be a mixed and public area. Woodhouse Street is the main pedestrian entrance to the newly refurbished train station and Park Road is the main route to the public park, for which millions have been earmarked to make a shared space.
“However, following an intervention from the Garvaghy Road Residents’ Coalition, the Commission placed these restrictions on the parade, despite the fact that the route was the traditional route of the now defunct Corcrain No Surrender Club. The Parades Commission appears to be dancing to the GRRC’s tune.”
Mr Causby said, “The ABOD Club in question are relatively new and they do not have a traditional route. They are trying to re-establish the old route but through using shared space and have therefore dropped Obins Street from the route. The Club has tried to engage and is willing to send a delegation to meet with the concerned residents but this has been ignored by the GRRC.
“Decisions like this demonstrate why the Parades Commission has no credibility among the wider unionist community.”