‘Save our city centre’ meeting

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Traders in Derry are to hold a special meeting on Monday evening to discuss a spate of closures which has now left 130 shops vacant in Derry.

The meeting at the Tower Hotel will be jointly hosted by the Derry/Londonderry City Centre Traders Forum and Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA).

The organisers say every elected representative in the city has been invited.

In a joint statement, the two organisations say the heart of Derry is under attack.

“With over 130 shop vacancies, 50 closures in the city centre and the prospect of nine out-of-town superstore applications, Derry city centre is under serious threat.

“At this meeting we will be unveiling our five point action plan to address the challenges facing the city centre.”

The statement was issued by Martin McCrossan, chair of the Traders’ Forum, and NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts.

All local traders have been invited to the meeting. Anyone interested has been asked to email info@niirta.com