The Q101.2 FM news bulletin (8am) on Wednesday, 4 February referred to the fact that the influx of cross border shoppers had made little difference to the independent traders of Enniskillen.
This remark was attributed to Glen Roberts of the Northern Ireland Retail Trade Association. Mr Roberts had been attending an Oireachtas committee meeting the previous day in order to highlight the serious plight of retailers in the Republic of Ireland during the current economic downturn. The meeting 'flagged up' the threat posed to such businesses by the so-called super stores and urged the retention of the cap on large retail outlets.
A Sunday Times article (8 Feb) deals primarily with the contrasting fortunes of Newry and Dundalk. However mention is made of Enniskillen and the fact that only Asda and Tesco are prospering to any great extent.
All of this would appear to render the Roads Service proposal to introduce 'pay and display' at Queen Street car park completely unnecessary.