McKevitt welcomes extension of dereliction fund to Warrenpoint and Rostrevor

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Thursday, February 21st, 2013
SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has said she is delighted that further money has been granted to Newry and Mourne District Council by the Minister for Environment to tackle decay and dereliction in Warrenpoint and Rostrevor in advance of the World Police and Fire Games.

Speaking to Newry Times, McKevitt said, “I am pleased that extra money has been identified by the Minister for Environment to address decay and dereliction of some of our older buildings.

“In August competitors and spectators for the World Police and Fire Games will descend upon Rostrevor and Warrenpoint for the mountain bike event and this money will mean that we can show off our wonderful picturesque views without the eyesores. “One building that will now benefit from the dereliction fund is the Osbourne Hotel which is to be painted, have weeds removed and new boards put up. “It will certainly make it look more presentable but the long term aim, which is highlighted in the recently launched South East Coast Master Plan, is to bring this building back to use by attracting private investment. “The other buildings that are to benefit from the fund are located on Mary Street Rostrevor, Seaview Warrenpoint and Osbourne Parade in Warrenpoint. Karen added, “The World Police and Fire Games is the third largest sporting event in the world and generates widespread interest. It is a great privilege to host the games and we must ensure that we sell the brand of South Down to all the visitors to reboot our tourism industry.”
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