Newry Council announce £2.4m city centre revamp

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Monday, November 26th, 2012
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Newry and Mourne District Council and the Department for Social Development (DSD) have announced the commencement of a Public Consultation Process in regards to the proposed Newry City Linkages Public Realm Scheme. The Scheme, which will cost a total of £2.4 million pounds, will receive £2 million from the DSD, with the remainder from Newry & Mourne District Council. This major Public Realm investment comes on the back of recent environmental improvements to Monaghan Street and part of Hill Street and represents a significant investment in Newry’s Waterfront as highlighted within the Newry City Centre Master-plan. The scheme is aiming to start on-site in April or May 2013 and run until early 2014. The works will be concentrated on the canal-side of Buttercrane Quay and Merchants Quay, between Dublin Bridge and Sugar Island Bridge. The works will comprise the replacement of the existing canal boundary wall with a new decorative maritime railing and the removal of car parking spaces to facilitate the provision of a new wider granite paved/kerbed pathway. To compensate for the proposed loss of car parking along the canal-side of Merchants Quay, the Council have agreed to work with Newry City Centre Management Partnership (NCCMP) to formalise the opening of the Corry Square/Catherine Street council owned site as an upgraded car-park on a longer term basis. The DSD are also seeking to work closely with NCCMP to investigate upgrading of the former North Street Flats site, just off Abbey Way to a more formal long-term car-park that could be opened all year round and not just at Christmas. New decorative street lighting, street furniture, tree planting and public art is also proposed as part of the scheme. Before finalising the design for submission to planning, the project promoters now intend to put the draft scheme proposals on display in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre from Wednesday 28th November until Wednesday 12th December 2012. Also during this period the proposals can also be viewed and commented on through the Councils website at The Consultants will also be available on Wednesday 5th December 2012 in the Newry Town Hall Boardroom from 4pm – 8pm, should anyone wish to discuss the proposals in more detail. The General Public and in particular Traders are encouraged to come along, view the proposals and feed their comments into the process. This initial consultation on the design will be followed by a further drop-in event for traders in due course on the phasing of the scheme implementation, once a Contractor has been appointed.
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