People in his community are completely opposed to the SPACE project in Portadown, a DUP councillor has claimed.
Alderman Sidney Anderson said there was ‘no appetite’ within the community and that there had not been consultation “with the people that really matter” in Portadown.
“The steering committee need to take a good look at themselves and sort this out,” he added.
Alderman Arnold Hatch said there were concerns among the loyalist community if this would ever be a shared space.
Alderman Gladys McCullough said that concerns had also been expressed to her and unless there was a change in the negative leadership of the nationalist community this would never be a shared space.
Councillors had requested a report outlining the background as to the scheduling of the public meeting regarding the SPACE project in Portadown Hall on August 5.
This report indicated the first session was targeted at residents in houses immediately bordering the park given the impact the project could have on those properties from a planning perspective. This was held on Thursday, August 1, at 7.30pm in Ashgrove Community Centre and there were five people in attendance.
A second public information session was held on August 5 in order to facilitate both local people and traders/workers in Portadown who do not reside in the area. This was attended by approximately 65 people.
Further meetings will be organised as part of the community engagement programme contained within the SPACE project and councillors will be consulted regarding future dates.
Councillor Johnny McGibbon said that anybody who wanted to have their view heard could do so.
Councillor Darryn Causby said recent events like the opposition to the Orange Order, the attack on an arch and the refusal to the Apprentice Boys have poured cold water on the project.
Councillor Joe Nelson said he wanted to re-affirm his party’s position to ensure that this does become a shared space.
“We will continue to work to have this as a share space,” he added.
Alderman Anderson said he did not believe the steering group represented the people of Portadown.