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McCausland welcomes the opening of the new £220,000 community building in Derrybeg, Newry

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has welcomed the news that the new Derrybeg Community Building in Newry has been completed and is open for use.
Saturday, 23 February 2013

The £220,000 project, which has been funded through the Department’s Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund, involved the provision of a bespoke modular building comprising a main hall, meeting room, kitchen, storage room and toilets and associated site works and car parking. It will provide a purpose built venue for the provision of a wide range of activities for residents of all ages.

Minister McCausland said: “The Derrybeg Community Association has played a major role in providing community input to the Department’s programmes for tackling disadvantage in this area. The opening of this facility marks a new beginning for the Association enabling them to extend the range of learning and leisure activities available to residents in a purpose built facility in local and familiar surroundings.”

The Minister acknowledged the role of Newry and Mourne District Council who funded the costs of the professional fees of approximately £10,000 and managed the contract on behalf of the Community Association. He also paid tribute to the Newry Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board who identified the scheme and included it in the Action Plan for regenerating the area.

Minister McCausland concluded: “A key factor in successfully tackling deprivation and regenerating areas is through a partnership approach between local and central government working with the community and voluntary sector. The Derrybeg Community Association, under the leadership of Marian O’Reilly, has played a key role in helping to address the problems in this area and this project is an excellent example of cooperation that delivers real improvements for the people living in disadvantaged communities.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy ‘People and Place’ was published in June 2003 to close the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy has four interlinking strategic objectives:

    · Community Renewal – to develop confident communities that are able and committed to improving the quality of life in their areas:
    · Economic Renewal – to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy;
    · Social Renewal – to improve social conditions for the people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods through better co-ordinated public services and the creation of safer environments; and
    · Physical Renewal – to help create attractive, safe and sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods.
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