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Councillors from four political parties on Newry, Mourne and Down Council joined independent councillors as well as many members of the public at an event at the Albert Basin in Newry on Saturday to support an upcoming council motion put forward by Councillors Patrick Brown, Gary Stokes, David Taylor and Jarlath Tinnelly, calling for a 15 Acre Park at the site.

The motion will be put before Newry, Mourne and Down Council at their October meeting in Downpatrick on 2 October.

The Albert Basin site
The Albert Basin site

Commenting on the event Newry 2020 chairperson Brian Cleland said: "The fact that we have representatives here from Alliance, Sinn Fein, SDLP, UUP and the independent group demonstrates that there is support for this project right across the political spectrum. Given that the council has already started work on its Asset Management Strategy, it is a matter of urgency that the Albert Basin is protected from commercial exploitation.The text of the motion has been provided to all the parties so that any potential issues can be addressed before the vote.  We look forward to a historic decision on 2nd October, and the council finally fulfilling its promise to develop the Albert Basin as a shared space for all the people of Newry."

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