‘Narrow Water back on agenda’ – McKevitt

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt said the Narrow Water Bridge project is back at the heart of any sensible strategy to generate tourism employment on a significant scale in South Down and adjoining areas.

Welcoming news that the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) is to reinstate the project for consideration for funding, she said: “This is just a first step, but it is the vital one and we must now rally around this project. Tourism supports 40,000 jobs in the north and the sector aims to double revenues by 2020.”

“If this area, which has few enough employment alternatives, is to share in that growth we must invest in the necessary infrastructure whenever we can. That means we should support the bridge project and we should also take a positive attitude towards all tourism infrastructure projects where feasibility can be demonstrated.”

She added, “We need to market ourselves as a region covering the Cooley Peninsula, Slieve Gullion and the Mournes – and a bridge at Narrowwater would massively improve the cohesion and attractiveness of the region.”

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