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Local agencies have said tha tthey will monitor and take steps to curb anti social activity at Daisy Hill Wood.

Littering at Daisy Hill Wood earlier this year. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
Littering at Daisy Hill Wood earlier this year. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

Local political representatives participated in a multi-agency meeting with representatives from PSNI, PCSP and Newry Mourne and Down District Council to discuss ongoing issues. The area has recently been upgraded with new trails put in place.

Newry and Armagh MLA, Liz Kimmins and Newry City Councillor, Cllr Charlie Casey highlighted serious concerns that were brought to their attention by residents living in the Daisy Hill area and regular users of the  trails that have been developed in this woodland area.

"Local residents have reported noise, littering and other anti-social activity which is not only impacting on their lives, but is destroying this fabulous gem in the heart of the community.

 "Over the last few years, there has been significant investment in redeveloping and enhancing the Nursery to make it more welcoming for the community to use at their leisure, and it really is a fantastic facility for all ages.

"It is so disappointing to still see it being used for drinking and other anti-community activities, which is ruining the opportunity for others to enjoy this outdoor space.

"Myself and Cllr Casey arranged this meeting to try and address the issues, and coming out of that meeting I am pleased we have agreed some very positive actions."

Cllr Casey also added "The PCSP and PSNI have given a commitment to monitor and increase patrols throughout this area, and have asked for local residents to ring 101 to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour going forward. 

"The Council have also agreed to take practical steps by engaging with the Woodland Trust, who manage the site, and putting in place measures to maintain and protect this area.

"Sinn Féin representatives will continue to engage with the relevant bodies and to work with local residents to find the best possible solution to addressing these issues.

In conclusion, Liz Kimmins said "We would also strongly appeal to those young people involved to be more mindful of the impact of their actions on the Nursery and those people living in the vicinity. By all means, we want everyone to enjoy it but in a respectful and considerate way."

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