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Malone calls for progress on city park project

Independent Newry City Councillor Gavin Malone has reiterated calls for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to maintain its vision for a city centre park. 

Malone, who topped the poll in the recent Council elections, has stated that a city centre park is essential to promoting a green space within a busy urban setting, promoting health and wellbeing and having a park whereby members of the public and community groups alike can enjoy and be proud of.

Speaking on the issue Councillor Malone stated: “I’ve supported this issue from the word go and at the moment Newry remains the only city in Ireland that does not have a city park.  I will endeavor to work closely with my fellow councillors and council officials to ensure that the Albert basin park project becomes a reality.”

Last year Newry, Mourne and Down District Council set up a working group to help with the development of the project but, controversially, a project manager has yet to be appointed by the council’s CEO Liam Hannaway.  Despite having a timeline in place to appoint a project manager by early next year, it is the opinion of Councillor Malone that delays need to be avoided and that a project manager needs to be appointed as soon as possible.

He said: “I think it is important that we avoid any delays at this stage. We have made considerable progress over the past year in relation to this issue and we need to keep the momentum going. Therefore it is imperative that we appoint a project manager as soon as possible. I will meet with the chief executive over the coming weeks to discuss the council’s plans moving forward.”