Islands Park Funding Boost
Mournes Councillors have commented following a funding proposal of £95,000 being approved by the Council’s Covid Recovery Group.
Cllr Devlin, chairperson of the Covid Recovery Group, said: ”The past 18 months in particular has taught us all the importance of the outdoors and the beauty that exists here on our doorstep.
“We are so fortunate to live in such a stunning location with so much natural beauty. However, in recent years we knew that Islands Park in Newcastle was in major need of some TLC.
“We now have the long-awaited Flood Alleviation Scheme about to commence which will protect over 300 properties from the devastation of the flood waters and further to that, Council now will invest £95,000 in sustainability, protecting biodiversity and creating areas for wildflowers and community plating. All of this is so vitally important and will be a welcome boost for the Newcastle area.”
Cllr Devlin added: “Furthermore, this funding will also allow for a feasibility study into a pump track at this location.
“Over the past year in particular I have been lobbied by many – young and not so young – about the local call for a pump track in Newcastle and I am delighted that this now will take its first formal step forward.
“I will continue to work with my colleagues across Council and in tandem with the community by way of public consultation to progress these superb projects here at the Islands Park.”
And Cllr Willie Clarke (Sinn Féin) was also delighted at the funding announcement and said: “I am delighted to announce that after working hard for over two years on securing funding for enhancing Islands Park, £95,000 will be made available through the Covid Recovery Fund.
“This will be used for sustainability, protecting biodiversity, and creating areas for wildflowers and community planting, and mitigating climate change.
“The funds will also go towards carrying out any necessary upgrade works and repairs as well as a feasibility study for a pump track to be introduced which would be an absolutely fantastic asset for the local community.”
Cllr Clarke added: “No doubt COVID-19 has caused an increase in demand and usage for outdoor spaces. Many more people have been getting out and about to enjoy the spaces around them which has been hugely beneficial for their mental health and well-being.
“It is vital that as we continue to emerge from the pandemic that we avail of the beautiful landscape around us. Given the impact of Covid-19, now is the time to progress the enhancement of Islands Park.
“I hope to see the progress on this as soon as possible and will keep the local community updated on the development of this project.”