McGreevy welcomes boost to tackle local dereliction

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The expansion of the Dereliction Fund project to include a wider range of areas from Crossmaglen through Newry to Kilkeel has been welcomed by Councillor Connaire McGreevy.

The Chair of the Economic Development Committee on Newry and Mourne Council said that the additional £80,000 released through the overall Block Grant allocation from Westminster would play a significant part in promoting the tourism potential of the area.

Councillor McGreevy, who spearheaded the first phase of the campaign last January to fund improvements to both the Warrenpoint and Rostrevor areas welcomed the extra cash boost.

“First of all the fact that it is coming directly from the Block Grant means that the improvements to the fabric of the area won’t drain the ratepayer funds,” he told Newry Times.

“It means that the money can now be used to directly improve and clean up eyesore sites over a wide range of towns and villages. We live in a competitive market when it comes to selling ourselves as a tourism based economy.

“The extra funding that has been released by my party colleague the Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan, will help us project a much improved image for both locals and visitors. And I want to place on record sincere thanks to my fellow members of the Economic Development Committee who backed the project.

McGreevy added, “The united front they have shown in helping achieve the extra money in what are still very difficult economic times speaks volumes for their community focus.”

Buildings to Be Tackled:

18 Newry Street, Crossmaglen
16-26 Canal Street, Newry
57 Mill street, Newry
Maxol station, Warrenpoint
St Johns Church, Hilltown
9-17 Cornmarket, Newry
20 Cornmarket, Newry
24 Cornmarket, Newry
64-70 Newcastle Street, Kilkeel
8 Harbour Road, Kilkeel
10 Harbour Road, Kilkeel
24 Harbour Road, Kilkeel
25 Main Street, Annalong
27 Church Street, Rostrevor

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