Proposals for “green” initiatives in Newry City have been welcomed but  it doesn’t go nearly far enough as such initiatives need to be constituency wide. So says Newry and Armagh Alliance representative Jackie Coade.

The Department of Infrastructure and Minister Nicola Mallon, who has recently appointed a cycling and walking champion, has been working closely with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. This relationship has resulted in possible plans for “green” initiatives within Newry City.

Speaking on the issue Ms Coade said “I fully support any plans for “green” initiatives within Newry City. It is important that we endeavour to promote the reducing of our carbon foot print with Newry. Environmentally friendly projects help promote the health and wellbeing of the public. It improves mental and physical health and can also boost the local economy. It is important that we work together with both Newry, Mourne and Down District Council as well as Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council.”

At the moment there are no plans confirmed but with several projects within Belfast and Derry announced immediately there is a lot of potential within Newry and Armagh constituency to promote environmentally friendly “green” initiatives.

Ms Coade added “Newry and Armagh is full of potential for all things “green.” One such project is the Albert Basin Park Project, the Greenway project, the Towpath linking Newry and Portadown and Slieve Gullion and Gosford forest parks to name but a few.

"It is very important that any future plans for environmentally friendly green initiatives in Newry need to have consideration for the rest of Newry and Armagh.”

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