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Call for probe into construction of wave wall at Camlough Lake

The erection of a high wave wall as part of the ongoing works taking place at Camlough Lake has prompted SDLP Assembly candidate, Justin McNulty, to call for an urgent investigation.

Mr McNulty says he believes the construction of the wall may contravene the agreed planning directives and its structure will have a detrimental effect on the natural beauty of the lake.

“The redevelopment of Camlough Lake is a much needed amenity in the local area and the proposals have been welcomed by everyone locally.  However, in recent days, a new wave wall has been constructed and this is causing considerable angst and anger in the local community,” Mr McNulty said.

Having been contacted by a number of residents, he has referred the case to the Chief Executive of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, calling for an “urgent investigation”.

“I do not believe the wall is being constructed in accordance to what was approved nor where the local community advised or consulted on the proposal,” he said.  “This is a beautiful area and we cannot have the majestic views of the lake destroyed by large lumps of concrete.  Any development in this area must be sympathetic to the natural beauty of the area.  I have asked the Chief Executive to conduct a full investigation into what is going on and the views of local residents must be taken on board as part of this process.”