Cleary Welcomes Progress On Ballynahinch Play Park

Sinn Féin’s Rowallene local election candidate Marianne Cleary has welcomed confirmation from Newry Mourne and Down Council that the existing play park in Ballynahinch’s Hillfoot Crescent will benefit from additional seating in response to concerns from local parents.

The Sinn Féin Rowallane spokesperson had been in contact with Council in relation to the lack of seating, and has asked Council officials to include additional seating in plans to refurbish the existing play park.

Sinn Féin’s Marianne Cleary with local parent Michelle Morgan and her children in Hillfoot Crescent’s existing playpark.

Miss Cleary said: “In recent weeks I have been contacted by local parents who were concerned that there wasn’t enough seating to facilitate the growing numbers who utilise the local play park.

“In developing the local play parks in this part of Ballynahinch in the near future it will be vitally important that Council take into account the large numbers of families who are increasingly using these play facilities.

“There will be a public consultation in the coming months to help design the future of the improved play park here in Hillfoot and I would urge all local families to participate in that process.

“In the meantime I am delighted that Council have agreed to source additional temporary seating towards addressing the problem in the short-term.”

The Council is rolling out a series of playpark developments across the district which need to be completed by the end of March.