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Coney Island affected by Porky pies

CONEY ISLAND RESIDENTS OUTRAGED BY ROAD SERVICE CLAIMS

Local residents were outraged when they read this article suggesting they had not been abandoned without sandbags by the road service.

Local residents were outraged when they read this article suggesting they had not been abandoned without sandbags by the road service.

Local residents were outraged when they read this article suggesting they had not been abandoned without sandbags by the road service. Councillor Enright has organised a meeting between council and road service to ensure that one of the two will take responsibility for Coney Island in future flooding situations.

CONEY ISLAND RESIDENTS PROTEST

Coney Island residents write in protesting over lack of flood protection and support Cllr Cadogan Enrights complaints in this issue

DOWNPATRICKS FUTURE DEPENDS ON SAUL ROAD DEVELOPMENT – sent to papers today – copy my points for your objection

SAUL ROAD – PLANNERS MUST GET IT RIGHT

Sir,             (NOTE use reference R/2013/0544f to object when writing to Planning Office in Rathkelter House, Market St. DPK)

The huge new housing development proposed for the Saul Road in Downpatrick, is going to be the litmus test of the sincerity and professionalism of the Roads Service and Planning Service in Down District.

For years the Roads Service has been saying that any ring-road around Downpatrick must be ‘developer-led’. I.E. Paid for by developers of the land in question. This development parallels the route of the ‘Eastern Distributor Road’ shown in the development plan, and therefore must be built off that road, and not the Saul Road.

Planners put this ring road in the ‘Area Plan’ for Downpatrick. It links the Hospital to the Belfast Road by crossing the Ballyhornan, Saul and Strangford roads in a wide arc. It would dramatically reduce congestion in Downpatrick, and allow the Southern side of the town to be developed in line with the expansion envisaged in the Area Plan. The new upgraded Sewerage plant was constructed to accommodate up to 20,000 people with this in mind.

We were told that without this link road, development would be restricted on that side of the town.

But instead of following the Area Plan, this development proposes to discharge onto the already congested Saul Road, orientated to overlook and dominate Ardenlee. This development should be orientated away from Ardenlee and built along the new link road. When the new hospital was built, they were forced to deliver the bit of the ring-road off the Ardglass Road roundabout . This development must be one of the next links in the chain. Developers need to understand that this vision for Downpatrick serves their interests too.

The Roads Service and the Planning Service now have a chance to deliver what they have been talking about for years. If they fail, politicians must intervene. They should note that after the May elections Councillors will have the power to set planning policy, and will be able to insist that the Area Plan is delivered for the benefit of the whole town.

If planners fail Downpatrick on this one, we will be left with congestion, an inability to deliver potential growth and jobs locally and with the Hospital ‘marooned’ on the wrong side of town giving the bureaucrats up at the Ulster Hospital a further excuse to cut our local services.

Yours etc

Cllr Cadogan Enright

Dec 18 2013 Cadogan campaigns for social housing in Strangford Village

dec 18 2013 Cadogan campaigns for new social housing for young families in Strangford Village

dec 18 2013 Cadogan campaigns for new social housing for young families in Strangford Village

Cadogan is campaigning for Social Housing for young families in Strangford Village.

Local families are being priced out of the market by mostly Belfast based holiday homers. With lack of employment opportunities locally, may are emigrating.

Cadogans campaign is supported by St Joesephs Primary School and the Strangford Community Assoication

 

12 June Housing Executive causes pollution at corner of Scaddy Road and Wallace Hill Road

12 June Housing Executive causes pollution at corner of Scaddy Road and Wallace Hill Road by Cadogan EnrightHousing Executive fail to act for 2 years on dreadful pollution incident.

Cllr Cadogan Enright reports them to pollution hot line.

10th April 2013 Anger in Ballyhornan NIwater mismanagement of Schemes

10th April 2013 Anger in Ballyhornan NIwater mismanagement of Schemes by CadoganEnright
NI Water and Roads Service refuse to work together – perpetuating unnecessarily severe deprivation problems in Ballyhornan

PLANNING PERMISSION NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR SOME RENEWABLES (May 2013)

cadogan enright addressing a mass meeting of renewable energy businesses at the St Patricks Centre in Downpatrick

cadogan enright addressing a mass meeting of renewable energy businesses at the St Patricks Centre in Downpatrick

Councilor Cadogan Enright has welcomed as “long overdue” this week’s announcement by the Department of the Environment that schools, businesses and farm buildings will no longer need planning permission for solar panels. The improvements will come into operation on 30 April 2013 and follow on from permitted development rights previously introduced for the installation of domestic solar panels on homes.

Cllr Enright said, “Environmentalists, businesspeople and farmers concerned with the future of Northern Irelands economy have been campaigning on this for years. I have entries on my campaigning website website going back to 2007 looking for these changes, see .www.enright.ie/policies/renewables. These changes are long overdue and the local economy has been damaged by bad policy making, civil service incompetence and Ministerial ignorance in this area for years past.”

The changes affect microgeneration equipment like photovoltaic panels which generate electricity or solar panels that generate heat from sunlight. Business and other non-domestic properties such as schools can install micro-generation equipment up to 50kw output, including solar panels, biomass boiler housing and fuel stores and ground and water source heat pumps.

Cllr Enright centre, organising a mass canvass by mostly Co Down Renewable Energy Busiinessmen in 2008 at Stormont

Cllr Enright centre, organising a mass canvass by mostly Co Down Renewable Energy Busiinessmen in 2008 at Stormont

“No longer needing planning permission will make it easier for businesses and other non-domestic properties to install renewable energy technologies. I am currently involved in supporting several local constituency projects of this kind. The biggest is a proposal for a 40kw installation at the Ballyhornan Family Centre, which if successful will make more than 20 years of financial contribution to the Ballyhornan community.” Continued Cllr Cadogan Enright

“It is frustrating to think that all these years have been wasted by successive Environment Ministers, some of whom have even denied the existence of climate change and shut down incentives in N.I. that were available in other parts of the UK. More than one pound in every 20 is spent on energy in Down. They have delayed the day when the people of Down District could keep our money in the local economy, rather than sending it to Russia, Nigeria, unsavory regimes in the Middle East of to Westminster in taxes.” Concluded Cllr Enright

POOREST IN SOCIETY EXCLUDED FROM FUEL POVERTY IMPROVEMENTS

HERE IS A LETTER I WROTE TO THE MINISTER DRAWING ATTENTION TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF ENERGY AND FUEL POVERTY PROGRAMES THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE POOREST IN SOCIETY

Dear Minister McCausland,

I am a Cllr in Down, so I am copying my local MLA Jim Wells on this issue.

I am writing to alert you to two policy issues involving your department (one of which also affects Minister Arlene Foster as well) that are affecting poor and elderly people across NI that I have been unable to resolve via your civil servants, as they can only implement the existing schemes as is, and are not empowered to address flaws in the schemes.

I have put full details below ,including links to your departments websites, to ensure it is easy for you to validate what I have written. But the two problems are in summary

1. Your excellent warm homes scheme provides those on very low incomes living in uninsulated houses to have internal insulation installed. Unfortunately the scheme cannot help the 1/2% of homes in NI that are single-wall stone-built houses. These are the coldest houses and are most likely to be lived in by those suffering from fuel poverty.

Internal insulation is not suitable for these houses, as it will bring the ‘dew point’ within the structure and create extensive damp problems within the home. Only external insulation can assist in this problem.

Elsewhere in the UK, the Warm Homes Surveyors are empowered in these circumstances to recommend that external insulation is used. I feel that it is essential that this flexibility also be shown in NI. NOTE ALSO that there are cost  savings with external insulation arising from the fact that redecoration of the house is unnecessary and that the residents do not have to  be moved out while it is going on. Equally importantly, is the fact that external insulation does not reduce the size of the home and thus preserves value – as many of these properties are public sector assets. Finally external insulation does not leave ‘cold-spots’ where condensation can be a problem, as there are areas of every house that cannot be internally insulated.

I have brought this matter to the attention of the Housing Executive during 2010 and 2011 but understand no action has been taken to change policy as of this date, and no change is planned.

2. The second problem concerns your excellent boiler replacement scheme. I am a strong supporter of your Boiler Replacement Scheme for several reasons ;

1.      It allows people on low and very low incomes to replace outmoded inefficient boilers with grants of up to £1000 to switch to modern, efficient, money-saving alternatives, helping to lift people out of fuel poverty.

2.          It allows the Executive to seed the movement from wide-spread over-dependence on fuel oil for home heating towards gas, and even to renewable energy in the form of wood-pellet boilers – an area in which our home-grown industry excels in terms of production and supply. Section 12 of the application form provides a range of sensible alternatives for the applicant to choose from.

3.        Applicants for the scheme in the Greater Belfast area are also able to avail of grants from Firmus and Pheonix, in addition to your grant, to smooth their transition from oil to gas, this is likely to cover most of not all of the cost for switching to gas.

4.         The generous grant for replacement oil-fired boilers is likely to cover the majority of the cost of a replacement oil-fired system.

As I pointed out, applicants in the Greater Belfast Area can apply for an additional grant if they are switching to gas. This is explicitly permitted in section 9 of your NIHE boiler grant  application form.

Unfortunately, because of the way section 9 is worded, applicants are (probably unintentionally) not permitted to apply for the £2,500 Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPPS) in respect of Wood Pellet boilers, which will make this option unaffordable for most of your applicants.

This has a number of unintended consequences;

a)    Replacement oil and gas boilers can be installed for approximately the same cost as the grant. Wood Pellet Boilers cost at least £4000, leaving a £3000 shortfall which low-income families will be unlikely to be able to find.

b)        The (presumably) accidental prohibition on applying for the RHPPS means that only well-off families will be able to apply for the £2,500 grant available to replace oil-fired boilers with renewable alternatives.

c)      Thus your scheme accidently rules out poorer people from accessing lower-cost locally produced fuel

d)      It also creates a disparity between those in the Greater Belfast Area who are able to opt for (usually) lower cost gas, and the bulk of the population around the province who are not able to opt for a lower-cost fuel.

e)      Finally, and most importantly, the current format of your application from rules your applicants out from applying for the 20-year Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)  that they would have qualified for had they been able to apply for the RHPPS. The RHI will be payable from this or next year, and while the value in NI has not yet been agreed, it was agreed in England and Wales at £950 per annum for 20 years. It is clear that the RHI has the ability to lift the worst off families in the North completely out of fuel poverty.

I am sure that you will see that the probably unintentional barring of applicants to the NI Boiler Replacement Scheme from also applying for the RHPPS has very severe consequences.

The obvious remedy is to allow in section 9 for applicants to apply for the RHPPS in the same manner in which they can apply for the Phoenix and Firmus Grants.

I trust yourself and Jim Wells can look into these two issues, and issue a Ministerial direction accordingly as neither issue would result in any budgetary variance, but simply empower those running existing scemes to do so more effectively.

Cllr Cadogan Enright

07590462329

1. contacts for the Housing Executive boiler replacement scheme in this area is   http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/grant-to-replace-your-boiler 028 9182 9761 * myra.forsythe@nihe.gov.uk

2. Grant details for the Renewable scheme is as follows;

Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme

Technology

Support per unit (£) in a dwelling

Air Source Heat Pump 1700
Biomass boiler 2500
Ground Source or Water Source Heat Pump 3500
Solar Thermal 320

NEWS: http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news-deti-240512-foster-launches-northern

FAQ: http://www.detini.gov.uk/fffaaaqqqq.pdf

DETAILS: http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-energy-index/northern_ireland_renewable_heat_premium_payment_scheme_.htm

TERMS: http://www.detini.gov.uk/tandc1.pdf

FACT SHEET: http://www.detini.gov.uk/info_gpdf.pdf

APPLICATION: http://www.detini.gov.uk/app1.pdf

CLEVER CLOUGH? Photovoltaic Panels Pay – but bureaucracy gets in the way

Frank Dick and Cllr Cadogan Enright in Clough last Friday

Frank Dick and Cllr Cadogan Enright in Clough last Friday

Councillor Cadogan Enright has welcomed the potential of new schemes promoting photo-voltaic energy in the home to dive down living costs and create a better standard of living for householders but has expressed concern that NIE and other big players in the power industry are using regulation to stifle the growth of small-scale renewable energy, and has accused the regulator Ofgem of failing to implement best practice commonly used in other jurisdictions.

Cllr Enright said, “Frank Dick has made the right economic choice for his home in Clough. He could have left £3000 in the bank or building society and got a 3% return per annum if he was lucky. By investing in PV panels to generate electricity he has transformed this return to 14% or more per annum.”

Clough resident Frank Dick said “The economics of investment in renewables is clear, but the regulations are miles away from where they should be. When my PV panels were first installed in August, I was able to see my meter spin backwards during the day, and forwards in the evening when we were consuming power, just like in other countries. In September NIE arrived and installed a new meter, now I am charged 15.31p per kilowatt that I consume, and NIE will pay me 5.41p for what I export – but they only pay it to me one year in arrears while I have to pay monthly by direct debit. This is really annoying and has hit the cash flow of this project that we  were not expecting”.

Cadogan Enright agreed and said, “Frank also has to apply for is government incentive of 17.41p annually in arrears as well. Ofgem as regulator has surrounded PV panels with totally unnecessary bureaucracy. Across the USA, Canada and Japan and in other developed countries, families can operate on a ‘net meter’ basis paying for, or being paid, for the difference between consumption and production at year end.”

Frank Dick has also invested in evacuated solar tubes, which produce hot water even in winter sunlight.  “Clearly with this technology there is no meter as the hot water goes directly to my tank. This is the way the electricity generated form my PV panels should work” said Frank..

“I have written to Ofgem to protest that Frank has to fill in two application forms annually and has had  to have 2 new meters installed. The PV panels could have been installed in a ‘net meter’ basis and forgotten about. Now we have teams of people in NIE and Ofgem processing forms and driving up the indirect cost of renewable energy in NI for no good reason. All this indirect cost needs to be removed, and direct grants for the hardware increased.” Concluded Cllr Enright

HOUSING EXECUTIVE CREATE STINK ON WALLACE HILL ROAD

Councilor Cadogan Enright has hit our against a  year of delays by the Housing Executive in dealing with sewerage leaks from its properties spreading out down Wallace Hill Road in Ballygally.

Housing Executive Create a Stink at Wallace Hill Road Lawrence Kirk and Cllr Cadogan Enright at site of sewerage spill in Wallace Hill Road

Housing Executive Create a Stink at Wallace Hill Road Lawrence Kirk and Cllr Cadogan Enright at site of sewerage spill in Wallace Hill Road

Cllr Enright said, “Local residents have reported this in writing to Environmental Health Officers at the Council who have n turn brought the matter to the attention of the Housing Executive who have been slow to respond. Meanwhile drivers and pedestrians along Wallace Hill road must negotiate filthy conditions that only get worse when it rains”

Local resident Laurence Kirk said “I have contacted the department on many occasions since last year and we are still waiting for action to be taken. Even when there is no rain the pollution can reach right across the road and many meters down the road on one side. It is unpleasant for local residents and also makes cars smell and require a lot more cleaning.”

Cadogan Enright agreed and said, “I have made a formal complaint to the Housing Executive on this matter and they have promised me a report on what they are doing about it. I have also made a formal report of a pollution incident and will expect prosecution of the Housing Executive to follow if they continue to drag their feet in this matter.”

“The days of government agencies feeling they have immunity are over, but many government orgainsations have not yet woken up to this new reality. Statistics in this area have should that most pollution incidents can be traced back to government agencies in recent years. This attitude of license must stop and I will continue to campaign until it does.” Concluded Cll Enright