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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have released a Statement on Newry City Centre Regeneration Project and the Public Consultation Process. It follows Monday's special Strategy, Policy and Regeneration meeting.

The statement speaks of an exciting time for the district, the establishing of a working group to consider the published regeneration public consultation and explains that the city regeneration will drive employment and attract investment. We print the statement in full below.

Statement

“It is important that the people of Newry, Mourne and Down district are confident that the decisions made concerning the regeneration of Newry City Centre, as well as other key projects such as the Albert Basin 15-Acre City Park, will deliver for the people and the city of Newry.

“Significant regeneration of this scale is always challenging but Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is committed to delivering the best, most sustainable outcome for the City and wider district and one which will benefit future generations. 

“This is an exciting time in the regeneration project process with the next chapter of the journey now beginning.  The report from the public consultation is an important tool which will inform our next steps and we will work collaboratively to address all the recommendations contained in the consultation report – including continuous engagement with city and religious leaders.  This will also include the continuation of the plans already in place to progress the Albert Basin 15-Acre City Park and create a sustainable space for people to enjoy.  We also plan to increase visibility of engagement and communications – ensuring that the people of the district and beyond are kept updated on the progress of all important regeneration plans for the city. 

“Finally, to enhance that commitment of collaboration, we have agreed to establish a Working Group to consider the consultation report further and to consider how the Council should respond to comments, including how it will report back to the Programme Board.  The Working Group will include representatives from our Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism Directorate, Community Relations Team, Planning Team, as well as the Departments for Communities and Infrastructure. 

“Our focus is to work collaboratively to ensure plans are not delayed or investment halted. If anything, as we emerge from this global pandemic, we must be prepared to accelerate plans for the future growth of Newry City Centre.

“The regeneration of the City will drive employment and skills opportunities, position the City as open for business and investment, deliver social impact and help the City attract further investment alongside the publicly funded investment.

“We must focus on investing in our City, so we can attract global foreign direct investment, support the strong pipeline of local indigenous businesses and retain as many of our young people as possible, giving them the opportunity to live and work in their local district.”

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Anthony Campbell · 19 days ago
    What a complete and utter load of b0110cks. Absolutely no reference to any tangible next steps. I have yet to see any real commitment. 
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    Mark McEvoy · 19 days ago
    The usual drivel we have come to expect from this council..there needs to be an external investigation into how this council operates..misinformation and closed secret sessions are not acceptable
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    anne breen · 19 days ago
    Collaboration seems to be the word of the day. Afternoon teas and Pats on the back all round😂
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    Elaine Doran · 19 days ago
    Focusing on our city, does not mean spending millions on council buildings when, in the middle of a climate crisis, more people should be encouraged and facilitated to work from home.  

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