Housing development scrutinised at Barcroft meeting

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Plans to build over 200 houses at Watsons Road in Newry were under the spotlight at a public meeting at Barcroft community centre last Tuesday night. The meeting was called by Barcroft Community Association in conjunction with Thomas Davis GFC Corrinshego. Residents from Barcroft, Watson’s Road, The Glen, Chancellors Road and the Loanda area attended the meeting along with elected representatives Charlie Casey, Valerie Harte, Jackie Patterson, John McArdle and Dominic Bradley. A spokesperson for Barcroft Community Association praised all those who turned up to the public meeting at very short notice. He said, “The meeting was called by Barcroft Community Association when we became aware of detailed plans to build a significant housing development on Watson’s Road. “We were alarmed that the developers failed to show any intentions to include footpaths, street lights and other enhancements of the surrounding infrastructure. “The plans include a roundabout, but it is earmarked for a very narrow bottleneck which could make an already dangerous section of road lethal in terms of health and safety.” The spokesperson added, “It was great to see local people and residents from neighbouring areas including Watson’s Road, The Glen and Chancellors Road coming together and agreeing a unified strategy on these issues. “The meeting was not opposing to the development of additional housing which will alleviate the housing waiting list for families. What the meeting identified is the concern of residents regarding the lack of community involvement/consultation by the developers.” The spokesperson added, “Barcroft Community Association asked people at the meeting to pool their resources and work together through a subcommittee. The meeting empowered the sub-group to approach all responsible authorities and the developers and report back to a further public meeting of the affected residents. “We previously scored a victory against Vodafone with unified people power and whilst this is a different topic the objectives are the same.”
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