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Jan 2&7 2014 Downe Hospital A & E protest

Jan 2&7 2014 A raft of letters sent to all the regional and National papers

DOWNE HOSPITAL A&E PROTEST LETTERS PUBLISHED
Down Councillor Cadogan Enright had protest letters published in Irish News, Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times. Also a reported sighting in the Newsletter – still looking for that one – see link to 2 versions of this letter here
The full uncut full version was published in Down News at http://www.downnews.co.uk/enright-slams-trust-for-cutting-downe-ae-hours/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25th December – No Christmas present at ASDA

ASDA FOOTPATH CHRISTMAS MADNESS

The attached picture shows the location of the blocked footpath as well as the ‘new’ footpath whose reopening is sought by staff, shopper and the retailers themselves at the shopping complex.

The attached picture shows the location of the blocked footpath as well as the ‘new’ footpath whose reopening is sought by staff, shopper and the retailers themselves at the shopping complex.

Downpatrick Councillor Cadogan Enright has declared himself ‘totally exasperated’ with Belfast Estate Agent Colliers in their failure to respond to both public demand, and to the commercial necessity to open up a pedestrian route into the ADSA complex in Downpatrick in the run up to Christmas.

Cllr Enright said “Following the blocking of the pedestrian entrance to the ASDA shopping complex over 2 years ago, I have had meetings and lengthy correspondence with Belfast estate agent Colliers to open a new path supported by ASDA, MacDonalds and other traders.

“Despite overwhelming public demand to reopen one of these two footpaths onto the site, retail park management are still refusing to budge.

“Rathkelter planning office has indicated that a fee of £249 is all that is required to re-instate a walkway. Planners noted that pedestrians would have to brave far fewer cars with one of these footpaths, as unlike the existing pedestrian crossing, they would not have to stop car access to the ASDA petrol station.

“Staff working in the complex are very annoyed over the on-going situation that sees them scaling the wall daily. The general public are hopping over the blocking wall day and daily where they are fit enough to do so and don’t have buggies or lots of shopping.

I am writing to MLA’s and MP’s to see if they can intervene on this matter, as it is clear that planners, retailers, staff in the retail complex and the population of Downpatrick and District all support the need for this path.

Colliers and the Landlord need to listen to local people whose custom this Christmas underlies the economic success of this retail park.

SUPPORTING SOCIAL HOUSING IN STRANGFORD FOR LOCAL YOUNG FAMILIES

Cllr Cadogan Enright at Fairways in Strangford Village

Cllr Cadogan Enright at Fairways 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 Joseph’s Primary School and the Strangford Community Association

Cllr Cadogan Enright said “With over 20 local families on the Housing List in Strangford, I was suprised when the new Housing executive proposals to the town was met with a bit of NIMBYism is some quarters.”

“Firstly, I am not happy that some people have opposed this scheme from the point of view it involves ‘social housing’. There are over 20 local Strangford families on the housing list, and it is essential that locals are accommodated in the village at a time of unemployment, emigration with lack of availability of mortgages and borrowing capability to buy houses in the village.

“The school is at the lower level of what would be considered sustainable, and we need families and children in the village not only for this reason, but also to support local shops, clubs, church and the social fabric of the village. Weekend visitors cannot replace local families in this way.

Strangford Village Social Housing - with extra houses and 'planning gain' for local residents

Strangford Village Social Housing – with extra houses and ‘planning gain’ for local residents

“Secondly, I do recognise that some people in the Links and Fairways have reservations about more traffic being forced down the narrow access road to Links and Fairways. I do see this as a real problem. As a result I have proposed an alternative plan to the Housing Executive which I have put on the back of the leaflet I attach below. My proposed amendments to the plan proposed for the new Housing Association are shown in blue.

“Lastly, I do recognise that there is room for up to 6 or 8 brownfield units in the village centre in areas that are underused or derelict. However I consider this to me a matter of ‘and’ rather than ‘or’. I have asked the Housing Executive officers to come and look at these properties too.

I circulated my ideas around the village in a leaflet, and attached a diagram on the back of it for easy understanding – this was very well received by the great majority of people across the Village.

SEE PRESS CUTTING HERE

dec 11 2013 Shameful response from SEELB uses untruthful propaganda to back 1970’s style discrimination on access to yellow bus

dec 11 2013  SEELB reply untruthfully on Killough Irish school bus discrimination

South Eastern Education and Library Board pretend that there is no yellow bus service taking children from all Lecale villages to school in Downpatrick, and thus claim they can’t run a special bus for Gaelic speaking children.

We now have a situation where 2 children living on the same street in Killough are travelling to Downpatrick to school – one is allowed on the yellow bus – and the other is not – a decision based solely on the language of the childs school

1970’s style discrimination being challenged with help of NI21

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough - Maggie MacKenrey in centre

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough – Maggie MacKenrey in centre

The South East Education and Library Board are refusing to allow Irish speaking children in Ardglass and Killough to use the yellow bus network to take children to school in Downpatrick.

I spoke to the headmaster at Downpatrick Primary School, and he had no objection to the yellow bus service being shared if the SEELB make sure that there are seats for all. I had a similar case with Irish speaking secondary school students from Ballyhornan and Downpatrick being refused transport that I took to the High Court and won with the help of their school.

Parents were shocked when the SEELB transport spokesperson them that SEELB were ignoring the  High Court, and I am now bringing this to the attention of the Ombudsman with help from Unionist MLA  John McCallister as sponsor.

Johns role in sponsoring this complaint demonstrates once again why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the community – putting people first no matter who or what they are.

SEE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE HERE   and here too

Dec 4 2013 Ardglass and Killough parents seek equality

An astonishing case of 1970’s style discrimination against children between 4 to 11 years of age whose only crime is to speak Gaelic.

Unionist politician John McAllister has agreed to sponsor this case to the Civil Service Ombudsman, again demonstrating why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the Community

oct 9a 2013 Gateway Club left without a home

oct 9a 2013 Cadogan Enright seeks new home for Gateway club 'turfed out' by SE Trust

Cllr Cadogan Enright contacted 4 different groups on the evening that the Gateway Clubs premises was closed without notice – but succeeded in finding a home for the Club with the Downpatrick Presbyterian Church 2 weeks following this

oct 9 2013 Gateway Club is snubbed

oct 9 2013 CadoganEnright seeks new home for Gateway Club

The club for Adults with learning disabilities was left without a home with no notice by the SE Trust – Cllr Enright is bringing this to the attention of top Trust management and is seeking a new home for the Club

nov 6 2013 Glebe House Kilclief proposed for funding by Cllr Cadogan Enright

Cllr Cadogan Enright proposed that Kilclief’s Glebe House be included as one of the dozens of local community organisations that Down Council makes a contribution to on an annual basis.

The Council budget is £868,000 and consists of grants from £5800 to Lecale Gaelic Society to £125,000 to the Saint Patrick’s Centre

Cadogan proposed £5000pa to Gllebe House, but opposition from Sinn Fein has set this back a month for further examination

oct 9 2013 Editorial Backs Mary McCargo and Cadogan Enright

oct 9 2013 Editorial Backs Mary McCargo and Cadogan Enright

oct 9 2013 Editorial Backs Mary McCargo and Cadogan Enright