Sinn Féin has said that the SEUPB must urgently reconsider their decision to withdraw funding for the Urban Sports Track in Newry.
Geraldine Kearns, one of Sinn Féin’s councillors for Newry city has said:
“The decision by SEUPB to withdraw funding for this project, citing concerns about meeting the timeline for the project is deeply disappointing.
“The recent public consultation showed overwhelming public support for this project to be delivered.
“To withdraw funding for this project will not only deprive the community of a £400,000 investment but also of an excellent facility for the local community.
Her Sinn Féin colleague, Aidan Mathers also urged SEUPB to reconsider this decision, stating:
“SEUPB needs to urgently reconsider this decision.
“This project would have created a space for people of all backgrounds to safely take part in a sport that has no dedicated facilities in the city.
“In addition, Newry city has received very little funding for capital projects under SEUPB thus far, this latest decision will create further anger and disappointment within the community.
“We will be writing to SEUPB to request an urgent meeting with them on this issue and to urge them to reconsider this decision.”