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Council votes to sell playground
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Residents protested against the sale of the playground
Councillors in Newtownards have voted to sell nine pieces of land to the private sector, including a playground.

Ards Borough Council will now launch a consultation to determine if the plots in Donaghadee, Portavogie, Cloughey and Portaferry are ultimately sold.

In August, more than 100 people attended a public meeting to protest against the proposed sale which included a play area in Portaferry.

The council wants to raise funds to pay for new leisure services.

It deferred the decision until now while councillors explored other ways to get money for these facilities.

Alliance Councillor Kieran McCarthy said he voted against the decision to sell the land.

"The people who will be most effected by the sale of these pieces of ground are totally and absolutely opposed to the disposal of these areas," he said.

"They are well used, they are appreciated and there is no rhyme nor reason for the council to be pursuing the sale of these areas."


SEE ALSO
Council defers land sale decision
23 Aug 06 |  Northern Ireland
Protest over land sale proposal
22 Aug 06 |  Northern Ireland

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