Council outlines new five-year plan for ‘even better district’

Council outlines new five-year plan for ‘even better district’

18 November 2020

NEWRY, Mourne and Down Council has unveiled its new five-year regeneration and economic development strategy.

The new strategy was launched during a virtual ceremony last week with its key themes including business growth and innovation, improving employability and skills, and investing in regeneration and modern infrastructure. 

Council chairwoman Laura Devlin says the strategy charts an “ambitious and confident way forward” which will fulfil and advance the objectives of the local authority’s corporate plan, as well as laying a pathway to economic prosperity and growth.

In addition, she said the strategy will also help make the most of the district’s geography by helping the council exploit its strategic location on the so-called eastern economic corridor, equidistant between Belfast and Dublin.

“To help us reach our ambitions, we recognise the importance of support from all key stakeholders from across the public, private and education sectors,” said Cllr Devlin.

“We believe that by working together, we will overcome our challenges and succeed in making Newry, Mourne and Down an even better district in which to live, work and invest.”

Council chief executive Marie Ward said the new strategy will help the Newry, Mourne and Down area become more resilient and agile in the face of challenges emerging from both Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.

She continued: “Our regeneration and economic development strategy translates aspiration into action. It is a pathway to social and economic growth, that will maximise our strengths and tackle the key issues to revitalise our region.

“It will also go a long way in heightening our competitiveness as a region as well as boosting innovation across the district and fine-tuning our business aptitude going forward.”

Key panel members and speakers at the launch included Mark O’Donnell, from the Department for Communities, Brian Lavery, Managing Director of CBRE NI, Digital Innovation Commissioner Dr Jayne Brady, Southern Regional College chief executive Brian Doran and Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade chief executive Colm Shannon.

Other panellists included Connaire McGreevy, Managing Director of Connect Transform Sustain, Stephen Magorrian, from Denvir’s Coaching Inn Downpatrick, and Mick Boyle, of Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure in Australia, who recently completed the major refurbishment and development of Killeavy Castle, Newry.  

To view and download the regeneration and economic development strategy visit: https://www.newrymournedown.org/corporate-publications.