Alliance welcomes masterplan for South East Coast

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013
Alliance Party South Down spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the launch of the Masterplan for the South East Coast by the Department of Social Development. The Masterplan provides the strategic vision and guidance for the regeneration and development of the three towns of Newcastle, Kilkeel and Warrenpoint over the next 15 years. In Warrenpoint, the plan seeks to promote and develop the town’s reputation as a hub for watersports and activities, utilising its location on Carlingford Lough. Developing a marina would be a major attraction for the town as it would support boat trips and visiting cruise ships. Welcoming the proposals, Councillor Patrick Clarke stated, “The proposals in the Masterplan for the South East Coast include a Gondola from Newcastle into the Mournes, such an attraction as a Gondola would showcase Newcastle and the Mournes that could become a signature project for the entire South East Coast.” “The Mourne Mountains is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the towns of Newcastle, Kilkeel and Warrenpoint together have a very important role to play in attracting and supporting visitors to the Mournes and the wider South East Region.” Clarke continued, “The Masterplan proposal shows how these three individually coastal towns by working together, can become collectively strong to provide the full tourism offering that will help to drive direct public and private investment in the region.” “I am confident that the Masterplan for the South East Coast shows it can strengthen its reputation as a high quality scenic destination with rich and diverse range of exciting activities in towns such as Newcastle, Kilkeel and Warrenpoint.” The proposals include In Newcastle, the plan proposes to build on the success of the new promenade by expanding the range of beachside activities offered and create a new signature project ‘The Donard Gondola’, a premier tourist attraction that will allow family groups to explore and understand the Mourne Mountains. The Masterplan is available to view on the DSD website at link
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