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Feasibility study begins for  community centre

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

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A FEASIBILITY study for a community centre in Warrenpoint will be carried out "over the next 12 weeks".
Shane McAstocker from the campaign group Community Centre for Warrenpoint (CCW), explained that Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has commissioned the independent study, which will identify two or three sites for a community centre.
As part of this study CCW and the council held a facilitation evening on Thursday (July 19) at Warrenpoint Town Hall to identify the needs and commitment from a range of groups on the usage of a centre when built.
Youth groups, businesses, an after school club and festival representatives were all in attendance at the meeting, while Mr McAstocker said there was a good mixture of age ranges, something that was "brilliant to see".
“We were very happy with the turnout and we've got great feedback on our social media on what we have been doing so far," he told The Newry Democrat. "We're trying to build some community morale in Warrenpoint for this.
“There was a real mixture of age ranges, which was brilliant to see because that's exactly we as a group want to see. The centre will be for all age groups, all abilities and all everything.
“We're really pleased with how Thursday night went and we feel really positive in moving forward, as much as we can be anyway. Hopefully it's a road to what we want."
Thursday's facilitation meeting allowed CCW and other community groups have "direct input" into what the centre could look like as they want to make sure it matches the needs of the whole community.
A spokesperson for CCW said that the "mind-blowing disappointment" by the PSNI to withdraw the sale of the old Warrenpoint Police Station has not knocked them back in their efforts to get a community centre for the town.
“One step forward and two steps back has been the way things have been going in recent times," continued the spokesperson.
“The committee continues to work away in the background to further build community relations and help keep spirits high in the hope for a centre.
“The council have steadied themselves after hearing the news [regarding the PSNI station] and recommissioned a feasibility study which is underway to look at alternative sites in Warrenpoint.
“The previous one carried out in 2015 shall be read in conjunction with this.
“An exciting new chapter is afoot for Warrenpoint and we as a community group feel that we are ever closer to a centre for our whole community."

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