WHAT WE THINK: Carlingford article causes a stir; so let’s talk about it
Our recent article concerning certain residents in Carlingford and the ‘nightmarish’ problems they have encountered with stag and hen party rentals on their very doorsteps, seemed to create quite a stir - if the direct feedback we have received is anything to go by anyway.
It seems that our article would do nothing but ‘massive harm’ to Carlingford as a ‘product’.
Now, Carlingford is a truly wonderful tourist destination - a real gem - with great scenery and a tremendously hard-working local business community pushing it to the top of the list of enviable tourist destinations in the north east.
However, when a situation arises whereby residents of that same community are deeply concerned, and at times living with a real sense of dread, as another weekend of partying looms, then something must be done to help them and to improve their living situation.
The Democrat spoke to several people about their plight. It became clear that the flow of stag and hen parties from April to September - some of which stay in rented accommodation in residential areas were families live - has caused much stress and undue anxiety to these same families.
“Every Friday night was a worry for myself and my family coming home from work from April right through to September.”
The above quote came from one such fed-up resident.
The question to ask now is - how would you like it if that was what you had to come home to every weekend?
Nobody would want that. And nobody deserves it either.
According to sources in Carlingford, local associations are working hard to try and stop this unseemly situation from growing further. They need help and assistance from local authorities to do this though.
But ultimately, the flow of money from these same stag and hen parties is hard to turn down.
The real question now is: which is more important - more money or community?