‘Funding should be issued more fairly across communities’ – Curran

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Sinn Féin councillor Brendan Curran states that Neighbourhood Renewal funding should be issued more fairly across communities.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Curran said Neighbourhood Renewal funding was great for areas that benefit from it but that it creates a ‘huge gulf’ within the community and has had a ‘ghetto’ effect.

“Many parents and children who pass by the much funded neighbourhood renewal areas, with their new play parks and modern facilities, can not help but think that their area is ghettoised.

“Neighbourhood renewal schemes have had a great effect and impact on some of our own town areas but have left many abandoned. I am calling for investment in our city areas like Warrenpoint Road, Rathfriland Road and Courtney Hill area who have hardly a child’s play area between them.

Curran added, “These areas must not be forgotten, and have to be treated on the basis of equality.”

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