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Community group hits out at ‘lowlife begrudger’

A community group in Newtownhamilton has criticized the actions of an individual who sent a letter of complaint to Newry Mourne and Down District Council in relation to a voluntary project being run in the town.

The New Town Together Community Group oversees the Men’s Shed project, a scheme organized entirely by volunteers with the aim of promoting wellbeing and improving community life in the area.

Posting on the group’s Facebook page, the committee revealed that on Thursday last they received an unannounced visit from the Council’s Building Control department whose officials were acting on a complaint that the premises allegedly did not meet the required standards.  The letter of complaint also drew the department’s attention to the fact that the Men’s Shed had, among other listed items, a stove and a television.

In the statement, the committee revealed that the premises passed all inspections and the Building Control officer “has no issues with the shed whatsoever”.  

Directing the response to the person who lodged the complaint, they added “they will be happy to know that we have everything in order”.

The incident, however, has angered the committee who described the complainant as a “lowlife who had nothing better to offer the community than spend time writing a letter”.

Posting on behalf of the New Town Together Committee, the statement read: “Today we had a surprise visit from local Council’s Building Control to the Men’s Shed.  

“To the low life begrudger who sent the letter of complaint to the Council concerning the Men’s Shed, they will be happy to know that we have everything in order and the officer has no issues with the shed whatsoever. There was even a complaint in the letter regarding us having a stove, TV and other items listed as well. (Bloody ridiculous).

“To the low life who had nothing better to offer the community than spend time writing a letter, I would say shame on you.  This is not only an unnecessary disruption and upset to the Men’s Shed members, it’s also a snub to all the good businesses and local people alike from the area who have donated and supported us all the way, as well as the people who use the shed and enjoy coming to it.

“For some shed users, this is the only interaction they have with other people on a weekly basis. We already had communication from Southern Health and Social Care Trust to acknowledge the good work we are doing and how we are helping many people in the community.  I can assure you all we New Town Together Community group and Men’s Shed are determined to continue the good work we set out to do in the community despite some sad individuals.

The post attracted many responses of support, with one describing the complaint as “ridiculous” adding that the shed “is well maintained and looked after and for some people it’s a life line”.  Another praised the committee for their efforts and offered congratulations on passing the inspections.