A Slieve Gullion Councillor has spoke about his attendance at the first meeting of Belfast Regional City Deal. The meeting reviewed progress to date and prepared business cases for the proposed programme of regional investment. The proposed Southern Relief Road in Newry is one of the City Deal projects.

Cllr Pete Byrne said, “Following the presentation of the legal document earlier this year which allowed the Regional City Deal to move to the next phase. We met at Belfast City Hall earlier this month to review progress made in recent months of the business cases for projects outlined in the city deal. This city deal will have a huge impact in the Newry Mourne and Down District Council area with projects like the Southern Relief Road, Newry City Regeneration and Mournes Gateway set to benefit.”

Pictured at the first meeting of the Belfast City Deal committee.
Pictured at the first meeting of the Belfast City Deal committee.

The Belfast Region City Deal is a planned UK government investment of £350 million into the Belfast Region over the next 15 years. It’s proposed that this figure will be matched by the Northern Ireland Departments.

Cllr Byrne added “The ambitious programme will also help grow the region’s business strengths in growth sectors, such as life and health sciences, digital and creative industries, and advanced manufacturing. It will also support next generation digital capabilities and tourism-led regeneration across the entire region, underpinned by infrastructure developments and investment in skills to connect people to jobs and services.

As one of the representatives from Newry Mourne and Down Council, I will work tirelessly to ensure our district and people receive it’s fair share of any future investment from the deal.”

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