Sinn Féin Councillor Valerie Harte has requested that the council engage with DFI to explore ways to progress the delivery of a footpath on the Crieve Road in Newry.
The Newry City Councillor said:
“The Sinn Féin team has been lobbying the Dept for Infrastructure for a number of years now to try and address the significant road safety concerns on this road.
“Following a recent meeting with DFI Officials, I have been made aware of the potential for this to be implemented through the Department’s Blue/Green Infrastructure fund.
“I have subsequently requested, through the Newry DEA forum, that the council work with DFI to secure funding to install a footpath through this funding stream.
“This fund is designed to support projects that will improve access to active and healthy travel options for a community.
“A footpath on the Crieve Road would not only act as a link between the communities of Newry and South Down but it would also allow for a safe walking route for children and young people to a number of local schools.
“It is important that the council endeavour to proactively secure funding to support this essential infrastructure project for local people.
“Sinn Féin will continue to work hard to help deliver these much needed road safety measures for the community.”