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Sinn Féin to call-in disposal of Raymond McCreesh Park - Kimmins

8 October, 2018 - by Elizabeth Kimmons

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

Cllr Kimmins was speaking as Sinn Féin confirmed it will use a 'call-in' procedure in a bid to halt the plan to sell off the park.

Liz Kimmins said:

“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. 

“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, Mourne and Down 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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