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Sinn Fein to contest council’s decision to sell off controversial park

A decision by Council to sell off the controversial Raymond McCreesh Park in Newry has been challenged by Sinn Fein.

Newry, Mourne and Down Council last week announced plans to dispose of the park and build a new one nearby following a report into play park provision.

However, Sinn Fein have announced they will challenge the decision through a ‘call-in’ procedure.

Sinn Féin councillor Liz Kimmins said residents voices must be heard and respected on the future of Raymond McCreesh Park.

“The Council decision to dispose of Raymond McCreesh Park without community consultation is against with the wishes of local residents in the Barcroft and Ballybot areas,” said councillor Kimmins.

“At last Monday’s meeting Sinn Féin opposed the disposal based on concerns raised by local residents and community groups and proposed a full community consultation.

“This was rejected by the SDLP and Unionist parties which is hardly surprising given that they have always wished to remove the name of Raymond McCreesh Park.

“Despite the fact that ten play parks in Newry and Mourne council area have been declared as surplus assets, Raymond McCreesh is the only one that has been fast-tracked for disposal.

“Sinn Féin have decided to call-in the motion to sell off the park in order to allow for further investigation and to ensure the voices of residents are heard.”

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