Abbey Park handover a ‘victory for common sense’ – Curran

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor Brendan Curran has welcomed the handing over of the Abbey School Masters Park to the council.

Curran described the handing over of the park to the council as a ‘victory for common sense,’ that should have taken place a long time ago.

Speaking to Newry Times, Curran said, “I welcome the handing over of this park at long last, which if developed with imagination and adequate funding would become a great community asset.

“The council needs to immediately get into negotiations about the Nun’s Hill area, which is vital to make this parkland achieve its potential.

“I would ask that the council investigate major funding for this particular area, to provide what could be Newry’s own Slieve Gullion play park.

“I have been calling for the last ten years for the ownership of this park to be handed over to the council. I again call on the relevant authority to hand over the old canteen part of the Old Abbey to the people of the area.

Curran added, “It is a shame and disgrace that this most needed facility is going to wreck and ruin. This huge area is lying derelict and could provide an open space with large walk-ways and wildlife, which the people from this district could avail of.

“There is clear potential for massive investment and employment for local people and businesses and it is essential that funding opportunities are explored.”

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