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Success in Drumaness 2-year Campaign to Stop Sewage flowing into local river – June 2011

Shortly after my re-election in May 2011 I finally succeeded in a 2 year campaign to stop sewage flowing into Drumaness River from the new sewage plant which had clearly been malfunctioning for the first several years of its existance. Pat Ward was a great help in this campaign, keeping me updated over every new incident, so I could keep the pressure on N.I.Water.

Sewage Leaks into river at Drumaness finally fixed after 2 years

Cllr Cadogan Enright standing were Sewage Leaks into river at Drumaness finally fixed after 2 years

 

 

 

 

Picture shows me standing on the area where the repairs were finally carried out in June 2011

ENRIGHT CALLS FOR PROSECUTIONS AFTER 30 YEARS OF POLLUTION

Photograph shows Cllr Enright and local Environmentalist Jim Manley at the river that was grossly polluted near MacDonalds in Downpatrick.

Councillor Cadogan Enright has called for prosecutions for the pollution of a small river running through Downpatrick and behind the shopping Malls on the Ballyduggan road. He said, “There is enough evidence to prosecute now – we must stop the pollution of the Downpatrick Marshes and the Quoile River.”

The state of this river (called the “Plank Drain”) has been a campaigning issue for local residents and Environmentalists for 30 years. In July Cllr Enright and met with EHS/NIEA officials at the Plan Drain and pointed out that it needed to be tested. Cllr Cadogan Enright has since passed on information to the NIEA about the probable source of sewerage deposits going into the Plank Drain from 5 separate areas in Downpatrick.

Cllr Enright met with EHS officials on site and after looking over the obvious pollution of the water he formally requested additional water testing to be carried out to establish if any detergents such as chloride, PH, Ammonia, BOD and other suspended solids are found. Throughout this year it has been found to be full of harmful waste and sewage deposits. There were also strong, foul smelling fumes.

Cllr Enright said “We had to use a Freedom of Information request to get these results, which revealed some very worrying findings. I can now reveal that the area in question surrounding the sewage drain was grossly polluted. The tests showed BOD levels of 77ppm. An acceptable water test would set figures at 3-4 ppm, 10+ ppm would be considered polluted. So the fact that these results show BOD levels at extremely high levels of 77ppm is very worrying and confirms that there must have been sewage or other biological deposit from the plank drain,” said Cllr Enright.

Cadogan pointed out that “Local Environmentalists like Jim Manley and Bill Corry have been campaigning over sewage and other waste in the Plank Drain for 30 years going back to Jim Manley in the1970’s. These test results once again proves our concerns. The tests were carried out by the NIEA and we are calling for prosecutions. NI Rivers Agency manages the Plank Drain and what goes into it, and NI Water Service manages the local sewage works. Someone must be responsible. Pollution of waterways managed by our own government bodies is unacceptable.”

Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright is calling on the NIEA to prosecute those responsible. Trevor Love of the Downpatrick Anglers and Doris Noe of Lecale Conservation have supported Cllr Enrights call for prosecutions.

“I am very concerned that these pollution results came before the recent Quoile Fish Kill and I believe that the flooding could have washed this pollution down into the Quoile which would have contributed or caused the Fish Kill. No fish died upriver of the Plank Drain. This adds to even more lack of confidence in the investigation carried out by the NIEA into the fish kill. It is no mystery as to where the sewage on the pitches in Dunleath Park came from last week – the time for prosecution is now.” Concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright.

For more details on the BOD levels visit this page.

Press Cuttings: Enright calls for action on Plank Drain pollution, Enright urges watchdog to act on town centre pollution.

ENRIGHT EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER APPARENT SEWAGE SPILL

 

Photo shows (l-r) Lecale Conservationist Ian Knox, Quoile Angler Trevor Love, Lecale Conservationist Barbara Haig, Cllr Cadogan Enright .

Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright has expressed concern as local anglers report a new sewage spill over the weekend.

Quoile Angler Trevor Love became concerned on Sunday afternoon when sanitry waste was seen in the water near the drain at the Downpatrick Sewage Works.

Angler Trevor Love said, “I was at the same spot at 4pm on Saturday and there was no waste in this part of the water so I believe a spill or deposit from the sewage drain may have happend on Saturday night or Sunday morning.”

Cllr Enright said, ‘This concerns me greatly because very recently we witnessed a devastating fish kill in the Quoile River that resulted in thousands of dead fish.’

The Green Party has been critical of the Environment Agency’s official report into the recent fish kill which admits that relevant stretches of the river was not investigated following the pollution incident. Thousands of fish were killed and the area’s biodiversity was seriously damaged . The Green Party believe that if there has been another sewage spill it further adds to the lack of confidence in the NIEA report.

Cllr Enright said: “The Environment Agency’s official report into the pollution of the Quoile River highlights the inability of this Agency to get to the bottom of pollution incidents. The Agency admits in the report that it did not test the area up-stream of the Belfast Road in Downpatrick and did not cover the Plank Drain behind ASDA and McDonalds on the Ballyduggan Road.

“This is the very area which caused most concern to local anglers and environmentalist. No fish died above this point and have written to the NIEA asking them to investigate the Rivers Agency. We believe that this was where the evidence in the case could have been detected and are concerned about a build-up of toxic mud at the Belfast Road Bridge’.

“Now we may have another sewage spill on our hands which could prove further that the recent fish kill was not a result of natural events.”

Press Cuttings: New Quoile Sewage Claim

QUOILE RIVER POLLUTION TEST RESULTS FROM PLANK DRAIN

Click here to download the above document showing the results of the water tests.

This letter was recieved by the Green Party in Downpatrick when we asked for tests to be carried out on the plank drain which we believe is pumping raw sewage into the Quoile.

The results are can be easily explained by looking at the table below.

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As you can see 6-9 is polluted and 100 or greater is very polluted. The results from the plank drain place BOD levels at 77ppm which is a very worrying figure. The results show that the water surrounding the plank drain is in fact highly polluted.

For more information on BOD visit this link:
http://www.ciese.org/curriculum/dipproj2/en/fieldbook/bod.shtml

SAMMY SINKS TO NEW LOW IN QUOILE RIVER POLLUTION INVESTIGATION

Environment Minister Sammy WilsonCllr Cadogan Enright has rejected claims made by the Minister of the Environment, Sammy Wilson, in the Assembly chamber (29.10.08) that local people did not contact the relevant agencies when pollution was discovered in the Quoile River, Co. Down in August 2008 which resulted in a massive fish kill.

Cllr Cadogan Enright said: “The Minister must be a desperate man when the only point he can raise regarding the Quoile River is an attack on myself and local anglers. I was called out of a council meeting chaired by Cllr Doris on the Thursday evening by fellow members of the Downpatrick Anglers Association and went to the river. The Fishery Conservation Board had already been contacted by club members, and reported back to councillors still at the meeting that there was no problem. We kept up the pressure on the FCB, NIEA and over the next few days even tried to involve the health officers of Down District Council.”

Cllr Enright continued, “Myself and fellow councillors even walked the banks of the river over the weekend with Sammy Wilsons NIEA staff showing them the scene of the crime. Minister Sammy will be denying Global Warming next – OH! I forgot, he has already done that!. The Angling club is even in possession of a letter from Sammy’s fellow minister Margaret Ritchie confirming that she contacted all the agencies in response to our concerns.”

Angling club Chairman Trevor Love said “The Minister has criticized us for taking photos and videos of the carnage – but we were able to use the pictures to confound his own staff in their down-playing of the incident.

The photographs mentioned by the Minister were used to refute the initial assertion by NIEA and the FCB that there was no problem, or it was a minor natural event. It appears that the NIEA and Minister Sammy Wilson are more interested in shooting the messenger than finding the truth.”

Cllr Enright has been critical of the Environment Agency’s official report into the fish kill which admits that relevant stretches of the river was not investigated following the pollution incident which killed thousands of fish and seriously damaged the area’s biodiversity.

Cllr Enright said: “The Environment Agency’s official report into the pollution of the Quoile River highlights the inability of this Agency to get to the bottom of pollution incidents. The Agency admits in the report that it did not test the area up-stream of the Belfast Road in Downpatrick and did not cover the Plank Drain behind ASDA and McDonalds on the Ballyduggan Road.

“This is the very area which caused most concern to local anglers and environmentalist. No fish died above this point and have written to the NIEA asking them to investigate the Rivers Agency. We believe that this was where the evidence in the case could have been detected and are concerned about a build-up of toxic mud at the Belfast Road Bridge concluded Cadogan Enright.”

Down District Council is currently writing to the Minister and the NIEA to ask why this area was not included in the investigation.

Press Cuttings: Enright hits back at Wilson, Angling Chairmans Letter Re Quoile Fish Kill, Identifying the cause of the Quoile fish kill

COUNCIL DEBATE ON QUOILE FISH KILL

Photograph shows Cllr Enright with Angling Chairman Trevor Love on the Quoile River one week after the pollution incident.

Down District Councillors received a report presented by Councillor Cadogan Enright at last weeks council meeting regarding the recent fish kill in the Quoile River.

The analysis report by local Environmentalist John Peacocke was based on statistic dada from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). John highlighted failures in the NIEA’s approach to investigating the massive fish kill in the Quoile at the start of this month.

Cllr Cadogan Enright proposed that the council write to the NIEA asking why they did not test the area of the river by the sewage works and plank drain upstream of the Belfast Road. This was the area complained about by local people and anglers as the source of the kill.

This proposal was supported by all parties.

Cllr Enright also requested that the NI Rivers Agency be invited to the council and to affirm or deny that they are pumping sewage and polluted water into the Quoile at Dunleath Park, Downpatrick Railway Station, Church Street and the Quoile Quay.

This proposal was also approved on a cross-party basis.

Welcoming these decisions, Downpatrick Anglers Chairperson Trevor Love said, “We appreciate the work of Cllr Enright and the support from councillors of all parties in holding the NIEA and Rivers Agency to account.”

Press Cuttings: Concern over fish kill investigation stalemate, Meeting sought with Rivers Agency over Downpatrick pollution, Fish kill prompts calls for forum

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF FISH KILL 2 – ONE WEEK LATER

This footage was recorded one week after the fish kill in the Quoile River. You can see the first video at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4je4FApa_U

CLLR ENRIGHT AND ANGLERS REJECT COVER-UP

Photograph shows Downpatrick Councillor Cadogan Enright and Downpatrick Anglers Club Chairperson Trevor Love beside thousands of fish lying along the bank of the Quoile River between Quoile Yacht Club and the Quoile Barrier.

Downpatrick Anglers Spokesman Trevor Love rejected Thursday Nights Press statement by the NI Environmental Agency (NIEA) that last weeks massive Fish Kill was due to natural causes.

Trevor said “It is a complete fiction to pretend that rainwater stirring up saline water on the bed of the river is causing this fish kill. No such fish kill has happened in the past when there has been heavy rain. What is clear is that no healthy river should have a layer of toxic mud capable of absorbing all the oxygen in river, as is the case in the Quoile. Beside the sewage works there is a huge build-up of this mud, and God help anyone who falls into it.

DOWN Councillor Cadogan Enright said “The fish kill over the last week appears to come from the area of the Downpatrick sewerage works as bounded by the Saul stream to the East and the Plank Drain to the West. The fishing club agrees with me on this as there were no distressed fish above this point.”

Cadogan Enright said “I have it on good authority that the Rivers Agency is well aware that the Saul Stream is polluted with sewage from the Saul Road area and fuel oil. The Rivers Agency has been aware of this for a long time. This stream cuts down to Church Street and is pumped out into the Saul Stream and emerges into the Quoile just East of the Sewerage outfall. The EHS/NIEA has a boom on this stream now, which it claims is to stop oil, but it will not stop the sewage”.

Cadogan said “Similarly the Plank Drain that emerges from under Dunleath Park is also serviced by the Rivers Agency who are aware that they are pumping five separate sources of polluted water full with sewage into it as follows;

– From Pemberton Park
– From Stream Street
– From the Direction of Saul Street

AND from the other side of the road via the pumping station at the railway station

– Market Street
– The Town Drain.”

Cllr Enright said “I requested that the plank drain be tested at the start of the summer and it came back as heavily polluted, even before it reaches the railway pumping station and becomes more polluted before it discharges into the Quoile just to the East of the Downpatrick Sewerage outfall into the River. I have reported these repeated pollution offences at other similar locations by a public body to the NIEA for investigation. I am doubtful if a prosecution will result given the record to date”.

Trevor Love said “The Plank Drain also had fuel oil still leaking into the Quoile on Monday Night when I was up there taking samples with the Angling Club for Queens University to test. It is essential that we now have an Independent Environmental Agency set up. It is no longer acceptable for the Government to be investigating itself – there will always be a cover-up”

Green Party Cllr Enright agreed and said, “It seems to us that the there are two main culprits for the pollution over the last week – either the rivers agency for the flushing of these streams and drains full with sewage during the heavy rain, or NI Water and the Downpatrick Sewage works for creating the toxic mud deposited between the sewage outfall and the New Belfast Road Bridge”.

“The NIEA and FCB have been downplaying this event all week, for instance, claiming that only a few fish were killed. We invite the public to go and see for themselves at the barrier or look at our website http://enright.ie. We need an Independent Environmental Agency urgently. In all of Western Europe only the NI government still investigates its own environmental crimes.

Press Cuttings: Downpatrick anglers and Enright reject Quoile fish kill ‘cover-up’, Fish kill reasons are rejected by anglers

ONE WEEK LATER – Overlooking the desaster

Cllr Enright and Angler Trevor Love overlooking the result of pollution

ONE WEEK LATER – Thousands of fish litter the river bank

This is the scene the length of the river.