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Newry City Councillor, Cllr Gavin Malone has put forward a motion for Tuesday's full monthly meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down Council, regarding a funding suggestion for the new Newry City Park at the Albert Basin.

An artists impression of what the new Albert Basin park could look like. Graphic: James McConville

Cllr Malone is asking that a Committee be set up by Council which would include Councillors, Officers and stakeholders, to develop a strategy in accessing funds from the UK Government's "Levelling Up Fund" a fund that proposes to replace lost EU funding.

The Newry Councillor's motion adds that the "People's Park" at the Albert Basin should be considered as a priority for the funding.

The Motion

"I refer to recent announcements by the Government on its proposals to provide additional funding to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales totalling 800m.This funding is to replace lost EU funding and will target Town/ City Centre regeneration etc. I am calling on the Council to set up a committee including Councillors, Senior Management Officers, Chambers of Commerce, Newry Bid, Voluntary Sector etc to develop an innovative strategy and action plan to maximise our opportunities with this substantial pot of money. I also request that the Council’s Number 1 priority ie; ‘ The People’s Park’ on the Albert Basin site be seriously considered as a priority for this funding."

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