Reisdents object to planned removal of old Newry cattle mart wall
THE removal of a stone wall dating back to the 1820s would further erode the fabric of Newry, it has been warned.
Residents are concerned about a planning application by Southern Regional College (SRC) to demolish the boundary wall of its campus in the city.
Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady said the proposed removal of the last remaining section of the perimeter of the old pig and cattle mart on Patrick Street had upset many.
The college says the idea is to open up its building to be more visible to the public and highlight the range of facilities and courses being offered.
However, Mr Brady said it was important that the wall was retained.
"As one who was born and raised in this community I share the concerns of many that an important part of our built heritage could be lost and will oppose this planning application," Mr Brady said.
"The mart was a key part of Ballybot's and Newry's social and economic life and cannot be demolished out of our history.
"The fabric of Newry is being eroded. People are waking up to the fact that there are parts of historical Newry that they must protect."