Ritchie welcomes successful Narrow Water Bridge appeal

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has welcomed news that the Narrow Water Bridge Project Committee has been successful in overturning the Interreg decision not to allow it to proceed to stage 2 of the assessment process. Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ritchie said: “The Narrow Water Bridge project is the tourism and economic catalyst that is urgently required for the Warrenpoint and the South Down area. It will complement the planned marina for the town and the two projects will create a once in a lifetime opportunity for the South East to be placed firmly on the tourist map. It is also hugely symbolic in forging closer links between North and South.” “Warrenpoint has many tourism assets both natural and built heritage and these, along with Ireland’s premier Mountain Bike trail opening in Kilbroney forest Park, place it in a great position to create jobs, economic growth and  prosperity for the local community. Already, Warrenpoint’s public realm has been improved through funding from the Department for Social Development. Work is also well underway on the coastal master-plan which involves highlighting the development opportunities for this maritime area.” She continued, “All of these projects in conjunction with the Narrow Water Bridge programme of works will underpin the economic prosperity and tourist potential of this area. The next stage in this process is to ensure the timely delivery of the required planning approval.” “Minister Attwood has given me assurances that the planning application will be given priority. Further to this, I will be meeting with Newry and Mourne Council and Lough County Council officials  to move ahead with the detail of the project and ensure that this momentum is maintained.”
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