Byrne calls on Council to ensure Albert Basin Park plans are realised

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Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Community, Politics

SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has called on representatives to ensure that plans for an 15 Acre Park at the Albert Basin are realised ahead of a Council motion on Monday evening.

Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “This is set to be an exciting and historic night for the people of Newry, who have been waiting decades for something which every other city in Ireland has.



“Newry is an urban area which is in dire need of greenspaces and this has been clearly detrimental to the public who are missing out on the recreational and health benefits that a City Park would bring.

“There is also a clear demand for the park to be realised as evidenced by the extraordinary grassroots campaign which caught the public’s imagination,” he noted.



“Newry 2020 has to be commended for its efforts particularly on the work it has done to provide a visual of what a City Park might look like on the Albert Basin site. Their vision clearly illustrates that the park will be one for young and old, truly a people’s park.

“The group has gone to significant efforts to engage the public, particularly on social media, sending myself and other representatives a clear message that a park must be delivered.



“I am looking forward to the debate on Monday night where I will be fully supporting the motion along with my SDLP colleagues. I would call on all parties to ensure this is finally realised.

“I genuinely believe to go against public opinion on an Albert Basin Park would be to betray the people of Newry who have waited so long for this moment,” Byrne added.



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