Park group needs your help in securing space for city

Michael Scott

Reporter:

Michael Scott

Email:

michael.scott@newrydemocrat.com

Tuesday 21 August 2018 9:12

THE Albert Basin Park Group is asking people to take part in a survey in a bid to help achieve the goal of getting a park for Newry.

The group say that filling in the online consultation will take “two minutes of your time”.

In a letter to supporters the group said, “As you already know last November Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (NMDDC) unanimously passed a Motion confirming its commitment, ‘to a full, 15-acre community park on the Albert Basin Site in Newry’.

“We now need your groups/individual help to harmonise our Council’s commitment with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s future Local Development Plan which is currently out for consultation until 5pm on Friday, August 24.

“This may sound like a small technical jargon, however, it is an extremely important step towards delivering the Albert Basin Park Project as the new NMDDC Local Development Plan will provide a 15 year plan framework to support economic and social needs in the District, in line with regional strategies and policies, while providing the delivery of sustainable development.

“It is therefore vital that the Albert Basin is correctly rezoned as open space-park land so as to harmonise with NMDDC commitment, 'to a full, 15-acre community park on the Albert Basin Site in Newry'.”

A templated response email which you can use is available on the group's Facebook page, although you are free to add your own comments.

These should be submitted to ldp@nmandd.org

Alternatively you can write to the Council at

LDP: Preferred Options Paper,

Development Plan Team, Council Offices,

Downshire Civic Centre,

Downshire Estate,

Ardglass Road,

Downpatrick

BT30 6GQ.

If you require further information and/or would like to fill out the full Preferred Options Paper questionnaire please visit

www.newrymournedown.org/
preferred-options-paper

The group add, “If you fill out this questionnaire please be sure to highlight that Albert Basin should be rezoned as 'open space-park land' in Key Issue 10: Open Space Provision.

“Thank you for your great support in advance and please share this support email around all your friends. It is vitally important that everyone’s voice is heard so that Newry City can get the City Park it so rightly deserves.”

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