An expected review tonight of Newry, Mourne and Down Council's proposed capital spend has been welcomed by Newry Business Improvement District.

The organisation would like to see tonights review lead to a public consultation on what Newry really needs, with their priorities being the proposed public park at the Albert Basin and a solution for parking in the city.

Newry SDLP grouping had called for a spending review to be discussed and that is expected to take place at tonights Strategy Policy and Resources Committee meeting, which will be conducted via Skype.

Eamonn Connolly, Managing Director of Newry BID said “Newry BID welcome Councils forthcoming review of its proposed capital spend in light of Covid-19. We would hope and expect that this review will include a public consultation on what Newry needs. Covid has changed the way we live and work and Newry has to adapt to that change."

Mr Connolly said any proposed investment should be impactful "Newry business wants to see investment, including City Deal funding, but the proposed investment has to be what Newry needs, it has to be impactful and it has to be affordable."

Citing the proposed public park at the Albert Basin as a priority  and looking forward to the reshaping of Newry City he added "The park is a priority in a post Covid world as is a solution for parking. There are plenty of under-utilised properties and sites that could be regenerated or developed and we look forward to a future where Newry is reshaped with a best in class park, enhanced parking, a re-developed Arts Centre, a Civic Centre and the transformation of vacant properties in to residential living.”

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