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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

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COUNCIL has earmarked 4 million for a Health and Well-being Centre in Rathfriland.

However, it will only become a reality "if the GPs come onboard" according to local SDLP Councillor Seamus Doyle.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has ring-fenced an estimated 4 million for this long-anticipated project.

The scheme is one of a number of ideas contained in a confidential report - obtained by The Outlook - which outlines two projects for Rathfriland, part of a 45m fund that council has set aside to deliver a number of upcoming projects as part of its capital programme for the next four years.

In addition to the 4m for a new Rathfriland Health and Well-being Centre, there has been 1m projected for Rathfriland Community Centre for a new indoor four court sports hall.

SDLP Councillor Doyle says it is great that the council is keen to direct ratepayers' money back into Rathfriland.

"The council is prepared to invest the money but we need the GPs to buy into it. If they do not then we may look at renovating the current community centre." He said that while the council "can plan for it", "we need to get the GPs on board".

"They are the stumbling block. The council is prepared to build the new centre, we need the support of the GPs now."

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