A NUMBER of the derelict buildings at Newpark Close are to be replaced following a grant of €350,000 from Environment Minister, Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan. The scheme will provide for the replacement of eight vacant houses at Newpark Close with a newly created recreational/green space.Minister Hogan also revealed that the scheme will also include the construction of a new link road that will remove two cul-de-sacs on the estate, thus acting as a major deterrent to the current Anti-Social Behaviour in the estate. Work on the scheme will commence immediately and will be completed by the end of December.
The grant has been welcomed by Cllr Andrew McGuinness. “This is great news for the residents of Newpark Close and the residents association who have been fighting for this for a long time. Both myself and my father, Deputy John McGuinness, called on the Minister to allocate this funding in December of last year and we are delighted to see this allocation approved now. It will make a positive difference for the local community. Its a fantastic result for a campaign that began almost 15 years ago when John highlighted the need for a proper recreational space for children and residents to enjoy,” he said.