New community centre for Warrenpoint?

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Ruane had started a process of discussions with council officials in early 2012 with the goal of working towards the long overdue provision of community youth/sports hall for Warrenpoint.

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Ruane at the site of a possible new community centre in Warrenpoint

The idea was to look at the possibility of a community hub centre that would incorporate a community centre but also involve speaking to a number of other agencies about coming under the one roof to provide a one stop shop.

As of last week Councillors and council officials have met on three occasions with representatives of SELB youth services, NI library and health service to tease out such a concept to make the building of such a centre a cost effective proposal.

Ruane stated, “The site for such a centre I believe should be Clonallen park as it is Council owned (no site cost) and is the only site in the town that would allow the project to be viable.

“The park is a large site and would I believe be able to accommodate the centre and at the same time complement the other uses such as football and walking etc. It has also suffered over the years from anti-social activity and a development could potentially redefine the perimeter of the park.

“Over the coming months we will continue to meet on the subject and council have accepted a recommendation to appoint a consultant to work up ideas to inform our discussions with the outside bodies on the concept if its something they can buy into.

Ruane added, “It is at the early stages, but in time when appropriate a full consultation with all interested groups and the town’s youth would be carried out to take on board all views. The process has started and I intend to keep it top of Council’s agenda for youth provision in Warrenpoint.”

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