Newry Mourne & Down Councillor Liz Kimmins speaking further on the issue of McCreesh Park said that recent developments reinforced the belief of most that SDLP have a stated objective of rejecting the democratic decision of the people of the area to name this community asset after Raymond McCreesh.
Cllr Kimmins stated,
“McCreesh Park was one of a number of surplus assets that have emerged from the Council’s play strategy review.
The Reveiw showed that of 16 Parks across the district, 10 of these fell below play value set out by the categorisation developed by Playboard NI.
This Review was was only ratified at the full council meeting on 3rd Sept – yet Raymond McCreesh Park was the only one recommended for D1 process at SPR on 13th Sept.
There was no rush from the SDLP to dispose of any of the others as disposal was not part of this process, a fact which was confirmed by council officials at the most recent meeting.
At the first discussion on this I asked for assurances around community consultation of the future of the site. Our councillors put this to a council committee two weeks ago but the SDLP joined with others to vote it down.
I again submitted proposal for community consultation at full council meeting last night. SDLP again joined with others to vote to straight to disposal.
SDLP have a stated objective of rejecting the democratic decision of the people of the area to name this community asset after Raymond McCreesh.
Cllr Savage and his party, supported by unionist parties, are trying to achieve this through a rush to dispose of the park over the heads of the local community”