Press Release

Committee Visits Newry to See Town Centre Regeneration

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Thursday, 20 March 2014

Reference: SD 05/13/14

The Assembly’s Committee for Social Development today visited Newry where they held their weekly meeting in Bagenal’s Castle. Members also met with the Deputy Lord Mayor and Council Officials to discuss town centre regeneration and the implementation of the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy in Newry and the wider constituency area.

As part of today’s visit, the Committee also visited Newry town centre to see the recently completed ‘Three Ways Community Centre and 3G Pitch’ which has been funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Project.

Following the visit Committee Deputy Chairperson Micky Brady MLA said: “Today’s visit was arranged as part of a wider Committee outreach programme to bring our work to members’ constituencies and to see for ourselves the impact of departmental policies at a local level.

“Newry and Mourne council have taken a very active role in tackling disadvantage and deprivation and we were very encouraged to see how Neighbourhood Renewal and town Centre regeneration initiatives are having a very tangible and positive impact on the wider Community.

Mr Brady continued: “Members were particularly impressed by the new Three Ways Community Centre and to hear more about the benefits the facilities and range of development programmes provide for local people.  

Mr Brady concluded: “The redrawing of council boundaries may present some challenges but we would hope that the council can build on its experience to ensure further successful projects are developed to tackle social deprivation and to encourage the regeneration of town centres”.


Notes to Editors:

Neighbourhood Renewal:
Neighbourhood Renewal has been highlighted by Government as a long-term programme based approach to tackle deprivation and close the quality of life gap within the 10% most deprived wards in Northern Ireland. The Department for Social Development (DSD) has overall responsibility for implementing the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy across Northern Ireland.

The Assembly Committee for Social Development held its regular weekly meeting in Bagenal's Castle Newry on Thursday 20 March 2014. Members also visited Newry city centre to see some recent regeneration projects including the new 'Three Ways Community Centre and 3G Pitch

Pictured L-R: Committee Deputy Chairperson Micky Brady MLA and David Taylor, Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council

Pictured L-R: Committee Member Paula Bradley MLA, Committee Deputy Chairperson Micky Brady MLA, David Taylor, Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Committee Member Fra McCann MLA and Committee Member Trevor Clarke MLA

The Committee for Social Development membership is: 

Alex Maskey MLA (Chairperson)
Mickey Brady MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Jim Allister MLA
Paula Bradley MLA
Gregory Campbell MLA
Trevor Clarke MLA
Michael Copeland MLA
Stewart Dickson MLA
Dolores Kelly MLA
Fra McCann MLA
Sammy Wilson MLA

The Clerk of the Social Development Committee is:
Dr. Kevin Pelan
Northern Ireland Assembly
Phone: 028 90 521864
Mobile: 07917881639


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