Hill Street waterworks which were originally scheduled to take place in October/November but were postponed until the New Year will now take place at night according to Newry City Centre Management. The group had campaigned for the initial works to be moved until after the festive shopping period and Chairman Jack Murphy has now told the Reporter that shopkeepers have won a further concession. “We are delighted that the Lagan (contractors) and NIW people have agreed to carry out the work at night,” he said. “We put forward a strong case about the damage to the economy of doing the job during the day that would outweigh the cost of moving the job to night time. So we are all very grateful and are looking forward to seeing everyone on Hill Street.” Meanwhile an artist Chris Wilson has been appointed to deliver the Newry Merchant City Public Art Feature that will form part of the ongoing £2.4m Canal Bank Public Realm Scheme. The project is valued at £50k. Among Mr Wilson’s previous works are the Global Journey’s feature on Newcastle seafront and the Stone Postcards feature in the Mournes.
18th December 2013