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Newtownhamilton play park plan to cost almost £20,000 more to make it happen

Calls for fencing around car park and ball-stop to protect playing children

Newtown play park

Plans for a state-of-the-art play park in Newtownhamilton are expected to cost close to £20,000 more than first thought to deliver.

But the money will not be spent on additional play equipment.

Newtownhamilton is one of 16 areas which will benefit from the provision of new or upgraded play facilities across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area.

The council is investing millions in play, sports and leisure facilities and has been consulting with local communities.

After consultation, the council agreed that the play park planned for Newtownhamilton should be located within Jim Steen Park.

This was approved by council in September and according to some local representatives came despite many favouring the youth club site.

Planning permission was subsequently applied for.

But as part of the process, planning officials have now asked for additional works be carried out.

They have requested that fencing be erected around the car park area within Jim Steen Park.

And there have also been requests for a ball-stop fence to be erected to the rear of the soccer pitch in order to protect children playing in the new park.

The works will add an additional £18,945 on to the cost involved in delivering this play park for Newtownhamilton.

And it must also be in place before the end of March next year if it is to avail of funding under the rural development programme.

The active and healthy communities committee on Monday will be asked to approve the added expense to ensure the play park can now proceed.

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