Newry.ie

ADVERTISEMENT

Slieve Gullion Councillor Barra Ó Muirí has spoken of the huge frustration over the failure to deliver on the Play Park promised to Newtown under the Rural Development Programme but claims that all is not lost and has asked all stakeholders to get involved in any new community engagement.

The local Councillor said that the onus was now on Newry Mourne & Down Council to deliver a Play Area for a community who feel that they have been massively let down.

Commenting  on the issue Councillor Ó Muirí said,“We all feel let down and angry,the residents were promised a Play Park  by Council after a lengthy process. I am also angry that Council Officials failed to act on my warnings around flooding concerns on the proposed site quickly enough”.

The Councillor  explained ‘Newtown was originally earmarked for year 4 of the Council’s Play Strategy, which meant the Park would have been built in 2021/2022, giving the community of Newtown ample opportunity to discuss possible sites, and crucially, to have have engaged in pre-planning consultation with all sites”.

Cllr Ó Muiri continued ‘Instead, Newtown was fast-tracked into the Rural Development Programme, which would have been fantastic had there been agreement as to where the park would be sited. Instead, at the Public Consultation two sites emerged, the Youth Club site and Jim Steen Park. A private vote was taken, with Playboard NI reporting that the majority had voted for Steen Park.’

In the weeks that followed, I was inundated with calls from residents feeling aggrieved at the consultation process.

I called a public meeting in Newtownhamilton Community Centre, which was attended by 108 residents. Those in attendance unanimously voted to site the new Play Area at the Youth Club.

The Slieve Gullion elected representative said that he had consistently raised issues of concern in relation to Steen Park.

“I have consistently raised issues of concern since last summer around public health and safety concerns about a Play Park at Jim Steen Park. These included, access issues, lack of parking, traffic issues through Dungormley Estate, the security of the perimeter fence, lack of visibility of the park from Dungormley, the proximity to the football pitch, the proximity of the river and the threat of flooding. These concerns were  ignored  by Council when making their decision to opt for putting the Play Area in Steen Park

Stock Pic. Photograph: Freeimages.com/ Joanna Vidad

"Ultimately, it was several of these issues which led to the failure to secure planning permission, and with time running out to the March 31 deadline of the Rural Development Programme, a decision was made to drop the Newtown Park in favour of one which was shovel ready”

Concluding Councillor Ó Muirí said that Newry Mourne and Down Council are duly obliged to deliver this much needed community facility

“Newry Mourne and Down Council are duly obliged to deliver this much needed facility. The community demand it and as local Councillor for the area I promise to do all I can to make the vision of a modern fit for purpose Play Area, a reality”.

 

Pin It

WHAT'S ON IN NEWRY

24May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png05:30PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
25May
rigby.jpeg10:00AM - 11:30AM]
Girls Give it a Try - Rugby for Girls 10-14
Newry Rugby Club
25May
_MG_7561_269035.jpg11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
25May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png01:00PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
26May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png01:00PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
26May
rutter concertposter.JPG07:00PM - 09:00PM]
Concert of Sacred Music composed by John Rutter
Newry Cathedral
27May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png02:00PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
31May
fd34.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Nae Pasaran! screening
Kilbroney Integrated PS
24May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png05:30PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
25May
rigby.jpeg10:00AM - 11:30AM]
Girls Give it a Try - Rugby for Girls 10-14
Newry Rugby Club
25May
_MG_7561_269035.jpg11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
25May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png01:00PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
26May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png01:00PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
26May
rutter concertposter.JPG07:00PM - 09:00PM]
Concert of Sacred Music composed by John Rutter
Newry Cathedral
27May
Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 22.40.03.png02:00PM - ]
Blues on the Bay
Warrenpoint Town Centre
31May
fd34.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Nae Pasaran! screening
Kilbroney Integrated PS
01Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
02Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
03Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
03Jun
first steps.jpg07:00PM - 09:00PM]
First Steps in Irish - Four Week Beginners Course
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
04Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
05Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
05Jun
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
06Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
07Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
08Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
09Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
10Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
10Jun
first steps.jpg07:00PM - 09:00PM]
First Steps in Irish - Four Week Beginners Course
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
11Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
12Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
13Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
14Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
15Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
15Jun
CeramicWorkshops.jpg10:00AM - 01:00PM]
Ceramic Illustration Workshops
Newry - Various Venues
17Jun
first steps.jpg07:00PM - 09:00PM]
First Steps in Irish - Four Week Beginners Course
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
20Jun
09:00AM - 04:00PM]
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Wald Centre
21Jun
09:00AM - 04:00PM]
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Wald Centre
21Jun
60094082_474586659748469_8546732220344172544_n.jpg07:30PM - ]
St Colman's Summer Solstice Ball
Canal Court Hotel

VIDEO

Larisa Sokele - Diverse City
Larisa Sokele - Diverse City

Larisa Sokele from Latvia talks about her Dressmaking business in Newry

Dan Gebski - Diverse City
Dan Gebski - Diverse City

Dan arrived in Ireland 15 years ago and lives in Newry with his wife and five year old son.

FOLLOW NEWRY.IE

 

 

DONATE

Please consider supporting Newry.ie

Amount:
Newry.ie require Cookies on some parts of our site to enable full functionality. By using Newry.ie you consent to our use of Cookies. You can use your browser settings to disable cookies on this or any other website.
More information Ok