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Land erosion in Lecale

Land erosion in Lecale, originally uploaded by downgreenparty.

Bill Corry is currently investigating on behalf of the Green Party into what looks like destruction and the erosion of land due to overstocking on the Lecale coast. He is following channels of complaint through the Department of Agriculture and the Northern ireland Environment Agency.

ENRIGHT ANNOUNCES VICTORY AT TYRELLA BEACH

Cllr Cadogan Enright (left) with local resident Philip Nye and Minister Edwin Poots at Tyrella Beach at the announcement today that the Lecale coastal area will all be designated an AONB under the new legislation.

DOWN Councillor Cadogan Enright has welcomed the announcement at Tyrella Beach last Wednesday of a climb-down by the Department of the Environment on their proposed de-designation of the area between St.Johns Point and Dundrum Bay as “areas of outstanding natural beauty” (AONB’s). Cadogan initiated the campaign to save the AONB a year ago and has been assisting local people in fighting the loss of the AONB status for the last 10 months.

Cadogan Enright said, “I have been overwhelmed with complaints from people living in Killough and Dundrum who were outraged at the proposal and its serious anomalies. In particular the revocation of AONB status for Tyrella’s blue flag beach, Miners town’s wildlife beach, and the Ballykinlar Dundrum bay area stand out as utterly astonishing. It was completely ironic that the car park at ASDA and McDonalds take-away in Downpatrick were proposed to be newly designated an AONB. This made no sense and left many local people perplexed”.

Cllr Enright said “The iconic view from St. John’s point back towards Newcastle and the Mournes ranks with the Giants causeway as the gems of the environment and a tourism magnet in NI. Withdrawing AONB status for this area would have damaged our growing tourist industry, one of the few sustainable industries in the area that we have direct control over. The Local Lecale Conservation Society even organized a protest be 30 local artists to paint the areas affected and put on an Art exhibition in Downpatrick Library.”

Cadogan Enright said that “During the year long campaign on this issue, local people have pointed out that Down District Council are introducing byelaws to manage the coast in the Minerstown area to protect wildlife. This area and it has been identified by them as an area suitable for the promotion of “green” tourism. The District Policing Partnership have also moved the boundaries of the PSNI’s areas of operation to enable them to police the byelaws introduced at Minerstown. It makes no sense that this are be excluded”.

Downpatrick Cllr Cadogan Enright concluded “As a public representative for the Lecale coast I am sure that I speak for an overwhelming majority of local people on this issue. The huge amount of work conducted by Down District Council in Dundrum Bay with the development of Minerstown as a centre for Green Tourism and the work down the years to get blue flag beach at Tyrella has created magnets of sustainable tourism development in South Down. To leave this area out of the designation would have been economic and environmental vandalism on the part of the Department of the Environment.”

Press Coverage

Councillor hails Agency’s ‘climb down’, Enright welcomes DOE ‘climbdown’.

DOWN ENVIRONMENTALISTS PRAISE LOCAL ARTISTS’ ART EXHIBITION IN OPPOSITION TO DELISTING OF LECALE AND TYRELLA COASTLINE

 

Down environmentalists (from left to right) Brenda Enright, Cllr Cadogan Enright and Barbara Haig with Downpatrick Friends of the Earth spokesperson Keith Bradford (right).

Down Councillor Cadogan Enright praised local conservation group Lecale Conservation who organised the very successful art exhibition that finished in Downpatrick Library last week. More than 20 local amateur and professional Artists supported the exhibition, and many pictures were sold over fortnight.

Lecale Conservation were highlighting odd proposals from the Department of the Environment to retract the Area for Outstanding Beauty Status for parts of the coast between Killough and Dundrum.

Cllr Enright said “The insanity of areas like Tyrella, Minerstown and Rossglass losing their Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) status – while the ASDA car park and McDonald’s fast food are proposed to take their place speaks for itself!”

“This fantastic response by local artists reflects overwhelming community opposition to this foolish proposal by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). Now the consultation period is over local people and the statutory who opposed this proposal are awaiting the decision of the NIEA to see if the 100% opposition to the proposal during the consultation period has been taken into account,” concluded  Cllr Cadogan Enright.

Press Coverage

Enright at Lecale Art Exhibition

AONB DESIGNATIONS ON EAST DOWN COAST – BBC COVERAGE

The Green Party has described new designations by the Department of Environment for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in county Down as utterly astonishing.

Green Party Downpatrick cllr Cadogan Enright said: The DOEs new designation for AONBs is seriously flawed. The AONB status of Tyrella Beach and the wildlife beach at Minerstown have been revoked, but a car park at a supermarket and take-away receive newly designated AONB status. It has left many local people perplexed to say the least.

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Takeaway car park is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty… but not Tyrella’s blue flag beach!

DOE’S DESIGNATION OF ‘AREAS OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY’ QUESTIONED

Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright(R) & Lecale Conservation member John Peacocke (L) at Tyrella Beach on the East Down Coast – Photo by Raphael Mason

DOWN Councillor Cadogan Enright has criticised new AONB designations on the East Down coast from the Department of the Environment.

Cadogan Enright said, “There are serious anomalies in the AONB proposal. In particular the revocation of AONB status for Tyrella’s blue flag beach and Miners town’s wildlife beach stand out as utterly astonishing. It is completely ironic that the car park at ASDA and McDonalds take-away in Downpatrick are proposed to be newly designated an AONB. This makes no sense and has left many local people perplexed”.

Cllr Enright said “The iconic view from St. John’s point back towards the Mournes ranks with the Giants causeway as the gems of the environment and a tourism magnet in NI. Withdrawing AONB status for this area will damage our growing tourist industry, one of the few sustainable industries in the area that we have direct control over.”

Lecale Friends of the Earth spokesperson Keith Bradford said “The AONB is designated by the Department based on landscape quality criteria. The fact that the boundary has been extended around Strangford Lough is an indication that the landscape is of high quality and that has to be welcomed. However we don’t understand why the area between Dundrum Bay and Tyrella and adjacent farmland has been omitted. This area has been improving since it last was designated under the old legislation.”

John Peacocke of Lecale Conservation said that “that Down District Council are introducing byelaws to manage the coast Minerstown area to protect wildlife. This area and it has been identified by them as an area suitable for the promotion of “green” tourism. The District Policing Partnership have also moved the boundaries of the PSNI’s areas of operation to enable them to police the byelaws introduced at Minerstown. It makes no sense that this are be excluded”.

Downpatrick Cllr Cadogan Enright concluded “As a public representative for the Lecale coast I am sure that I speak for an overwhelming majority of local people on this issue. The huge amount of work conducted by Down District Council to develop Minerstown as a centre for Green Tourism and the work down the years to get blue flag beach at Tyrella has created magnets of sustainable tourism development in South Down. To leave this area out of the designation is economic and environmental vandalism on the part of the Department of the Environment.”

NIEA AONB Consultation can be viewed at www.ni-environment.gov.uk or obtained by by email at protectinglandscapes@doeni.gov.uk

Press Cuttings – Takeaway car park is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty… but not Tyrella’s blue flag beach!, Local beaches excluded, AONB Local Press Front Page, Enright’s welcome for television agreement.