Rogers welcomes South East Coast Masterplan

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has spoken out and welcomed the recent publication of the South East Coast Masterplan which is essentially a regeneration plan for the area.

Rogers told Newry Times, “I wish to welcome the Masterplan which was commissioned by the Department of Social Development and both Newry and Mourne and Down District Councils.

“It gives guidance on the future strategic development of the area over the next 20 years. It is hoped that this plan will direct public and private investment to those areas that will most benefit local people, support local business and commerce and contribute to the long term viability and vitality of town centres.

The SDLP MLA continued, “In order for these proposals to be deliverable there is a need for improvement to the roads infrastructure. Last Winter Spelga was blocked with snow and the Rostrevor Road was also blocked due to a landslide leaving only one route into and out of the Mournes.

“Surely the infrastructure needs to be upgraded in advance of such proposals. I fully support the ethos of this plan and am encouraged to see it on paper but hope that the roads issue can be given some serious consideration sooner rather than later.

Rogers added, “I have made representations to the Minister calling for such investment in light of the slippage funding in respect of the A5 delays.”

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