Sinn Féin MLA, Liz Kimmins, has welcomed the news that Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has sought £16 Million for projects including enabling and landscaping works for the Newry city centre park.
Commenting on this News, Liz said:
“It’s great to see the Council moving proactively to try and secure funds to start works on the Albert Basin site for Newry’s city centre park.
“However, the Council must ensure that they do not let this momentum pass by and continue to press forward and progress this project.
“Sinn Féin support and are fully committed to the delivery of a top of the range city centre park for Newry and have been urging the council to engage with all potential funders to draw down as much funding as possible for the project.
“Sinn Féin have already been very proactive in meeting with several groups over recent months to look at various funding streams for the project.
“A Sinn Féin delegation met with the Department of Foreign Affairs to discuss the possibility of Shared Island funding”.
MLA Kimmins continued;
“We have also had discussions with the Big Lottery Fund, The Department for Communities and the Reconciliation Fund about securing money for the project. On top of that- through our work on Louth County Council, Sinn Féin has placed the Newry city centre park on the Action Sheet as a priority for the strategic alliance between our Council areas.
“This will put the project in a favourable position to attract funding from the PEACE Plus programme when it opens for applications.
“Sinn Féin sees the delivery of a city centre park for Newry as a key part of the broader regeneration of Newry. Whilst much more has to be done, this application is a clear sign of progress and a welcome development.”