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PROTECTING WILDLIFE in Minerstown / Rossglass

Carraig na Ron - Seal Rock

Local farmers, residents and professional wildlife experts turn out to support wildlife on Minerstown Beach

GOOD NEWS FOR WILDLIFE!! For the last 6 years+ I have been trying to get bye-laws passed to protect shore-nesting birds and seal pups from disturbance during the breeding season. The DOE delayed us for years – but now our bye-laws will be going for consultation in the next few weeks.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN

  1. Send me your email address so I can make sure that you get a copy of the consultation document – it is vital that we get a lot of positive responses.  cadogan@enright.ie
  2. Take or print a few copies of this document for your friends as anybody who uses Rossglass or Minerstown beaches can submit an opinion, not just those of us living locally.

see slide show on killing and disturbance of wildlife here>  Minerstown wildlife killed (for internet)

Carraig na Rónta

Seals on the rocks at Minerstown – Carraig na Rónta

 

These bye-laws are the first in Northern Ireland by a Council specifically to protect wildlife. They are a precedent that can be used to protect wildlife in any other part of N.I.. This is why myself and others have campaigned for years to get this result.

 

 

 

 

Golden Plover nest Rossglass / Minerstown later squished by a quad

Golden Plover nest Rossglass / Minerstown later squished by a quad

Similarly there are only a very few patches of shingle along the coast where mechanised vehicles need to avoid squishing plover or other birds nests – these areas need our protection. Information boards are vital here.

Once most ordinary decent people are told why they have to keep their dogs on a lead near seal pups, or keep dogs 200 meters from newly pupped seals they make a point of doing so. Anyway we have 100 kilometres of coastline to let dogs run free!But these bye-laws also authorise public officials to take action where needed.

Annual report to voters and constituents in every house in every village in Lecale

Dear Constituent,
I would like to wish you and your families a Happy New Year.

I am delivering my 8th annual report to every house in every village in Lecale this week to explain to you on how I have been representing your views on Down District Council and other agencies. I am the only local councillor to deliver an annual report to every house in Downpatrick.

Here is the electronic version Cadogan Enright Lecale Report January 2014

This newsletter can only be a summary my work for you over the last year. My website provides much more detail – see
 www.enright.ie  or search for ‘Cadogan Enright’ on Facebook where I post or log my activities as a councillor on a weekly basis.

Cllr Cadogan Enright

27th November Cadogan passes motion in Council to heighten status of Lecale beaches

As part of his campaign to get EU recognition for Lecales beaches, Cadogan gets council resources passed to support application under EU Directive – cutting out the NI Dept of Environment – When we get our beaches recognised – NI Water will then be forced to stop dicharging sewerage on our beaches and give the Lecale Coast the same recognition as the ‘Gold Coast’

 

Motion Passed on improving beaches

27th Nov BIG NEW CAMPAIGN Help Fix Our Beaches

Help Fix Our Beaches

 Bid To Improve Water on Lecale Beaches 1

Help Improve Water Quality on Lecale beaches 2

You can help me raise water purity standards on your local beach in 2014 by simply taking photos when you are on the beach during the year. To obtain the highest standards of water purity on our local beaches, they must be recognised as ‘Bathing Waters’ under the EU directive.

The rules say that we need to back applications with photos showing the beaches are used for walking, bathing and family outings. Only photographs from this year’s bathing water season onwards can be considered. There have to be a minimum of 45 bathers on one occasion or 100 beach users on two occasions.

NI Water puting new sewage outfall pipe on Ballyhornan Beach Dec 2013

NI Water puting new sewage outfall pipe on Ballyhornan Beach Dec 2013

This campaign goes back to the downgrading of the new Ardglass sewage scheme in April 2013. NI Water announced the scheme with media fanfare. But then feigned surprise when I raised hell over the fact they had shelved the original plan to include Killough, Coney Island, Chapeltown and Ballyhornan. This damages the development, tourism, health and safety of the Lecale Coast.

For 6 months I challenged NIWater to explain why all towns on the ‘Gold Coast’ in North Down had top-level sewerage treatment, but low standards were acceptable on the Lecale Coast. I was finally told, “There are a number of bathing waters identified under the Bathing Water Directive along the Gold Coast. These include Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn, Ballyholme, Groomsport and Millisle. There are currently no designated bathing waters along the Lecale Coast.”.(NIEA obviously don’t know Tyrella and Murlough are in Lecale – which do have EU recognition).

It’s not unfair to say that the NI Environmental Agency are discriminating against Lecale by not designating our beaches as ‘Bathing Waters’ but designating all the main beaches in North Down. The tourist industry is essential here, we are entitled to the same sewerage standards as residents in North Down.

Motion Passed on improving beachesIn the process of this campaign, I discovered that anyone can apply to the EU directly and get a beach recognised. Thus, in December, I had a motion passed in Council, requiring Council Management to prepare a list of candidate beaches under the Directive including Kilclief, Killard, Ballyhornan, Coney Island, Killough and Minerstown. Each beach will be separately assessed, and the council will be deciding on which to progress first in the coming months. If this campaign is successful then we can force NI Water to reassess its downgrading of sewage treatment in Lecale.

If you or your family can organise a beach party for 45 people ( I am!) then email, facebook or post them to me as part of this campaign and lets bring Gold Coast benefits to the Lecale Coast.

nov 20 2013 Ardglass Sewage Scheme downgrade triggers Cllr Cadogan Enright to bid to have ‘Gold Coast’ standards for Lecale Beaches

Following the downgrading of Ardglass sewage works, and its failure to include Killough, Coney Island, Chapeltown and Ballyhornan – Cllr Cadogan Enright took months of ‘freedom of information’ requests to find out what was going on.  After a 6 month chain of freedom of information requests to various agencies, Cllr Enright finally got to the bottom of why North Down ‘Gold Coast’ Beaches have the highest levels of protection from NI Water dumping sewage on them whereas our local Lecale Beaches have the lowest standards and NI Water can do what it pleases. From Kilclief beach, to Killard, to Ballyhornan Beach and all the beaches to MInerstown – our coast has no protection.
In summary NI Water believe “There are a number of bathing waters identified under the Bathing Water Directive along the Gold Coast. These include Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn, Ballyholme, Groomsport and Millisle. There are currently no designated bathing waters along the Lecale Coast”.
It was eventually revealed that ‘Gold Coast’ beaches were all given EU Bathing Water Directive protection – but all Lecale beaches up to Tyrella were not.

Cllr Enright therefore proposes that Down Council Should apply for protection for its beaches under the EU Bathing water directive and force NI Water to stop dumping sewage on our local beaches

nov 20 m2013 designated bathing water a by CadoganEnright

nov 20 2013 designated bathing water b by CadoganEnright


 

ANNUAL NEWSLETTER / REPORT TO CONSTITUENTS 2012 / 2013

I delivered my annual report to all 10,000 houses in the Lecale Downpatrick electoral area  towards the end of June 2013.

In line with previous practice, I have produced a newsletter for both the rural area of Lecale LECALE VERSION OF ANNUAL REPORT TO CONSTITUENTS 2012 / 2013 PUBLISHED JUNE 2013

and the Downpatrick area DOWNPATRICK VERSION OF ANNUAL REPORT TO CONSTITUENTS 2012/2013 PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2013

This is my seventh annual report. I am the only councillor in Down to do an annual report to my constituents.  Clearly these newsletters can only be a snapshot of my work as a councillor, but the newsletters point to this website that is updated weekly and monthly with my ongoing progress of my various campaigns and my representation of my constituents requirements.

I hope you find them useful.

Jobs and Roads Oct 2012

Jobs and Roads0001 by CadoganEnright
Jobs and Roads0001, a photo by CadoganEnright on Flickr.

Cross-Party committees on Roads and Jobs agreed for Downpatrick

This was a very important development for Jobs, and especially Public Sector Jobs across Down District

Re-‘cycling’ Breakthrough in Down Council

Councilor Cadogan Enright proposed a motion to allow bicycles being dumped at Downs civic amenity centers to be refurbished and sold on for charity. Cllr Enright put the motion at Wednesday night’s environment meeting at the request of committee chair, Castlewellan Cllr Eamonn O’Neill.

 

Cadogan Enright  said “Following proposals by myself last year, Council Management have agreed to include an area in Downs new larger civic amenity site to be used to allow people to leave out perfectly reusable goods for others to take away for free as is done in the USA and Australia. Anybody visiting our local civic amenity centers will see dozens of perfectly good bicycles in the skips, furniture, doors and many other reusable items like furniture. As rules currently stand, ratepayers are not allowed to re-use what is in the skips. This makes no sense”.

“My motion on Wednesday night will allow the council to bring forward this date at least for bicycles, and we can move on the other large recyclables when the new civic amenity center comes on-stream.”

Cllr Cadogan Enright with Tom McRoberts manager of the Restore Centre and Killikeagh Environmentalist Barbara HaigCllr Enright continued “There are other options available. For instance Banbridge District Council opened a ‘restore Centre’ on the Scarva Road in Banbridge in summer 2009. Since opening thousands of  items have been purchased including sofa’s, tables, chairs, dressers, washing machines, tumble driers and cookers to name just a selection of items for sale. ‘Restore’ has helped Banbridge get across the principals of full sustainability and created a more positive outlook on reusing second hand goods with the financial benefit this has for the whole of society in these economic tough times.”

 

Apprentices being trained in electrical and plumbing trades

Apprentices being trained in electrical and plumbing trades

Cadogan Enright pointed out that “During a recent visit to the ‘restore’ project I was able to see how young apprentice joiners, electricians and others have been taken hired and are undergoing training from skilled tradesmen to divert perfectly good consumer goods from landfill to resale as tested, top-quality, low-price goods. In the first year it was estimated that the project reduced the Councils ‘carbon-footprint’ by 60 tonnes.“

 

 

 

Apprentices being trained in joinery

“I am pleased with moving the bicycle part of this project  forward to this year, but look forward to a more substantial project next year to a more substantial project next year and see is no reason why the council could not operate a Banbridge-style scheme with local NGO’s or charitable groups gleaning the benefit.” concluded Cadogan Enright.

NEWSCLIPPINGS

 Bicycles can be recycled

Council seeks recycling centre

DOWN FARMERS AFFECTED BY MECURIAL PLANNING DECISIONS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright (right), Ulster Farmers Union representative Elliot Bell and Paddy Flynn with some of the many local farmers attending the meeting on Wednesday 6th June 2012 in Down District Council

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright (right), Ulster Farmers Union representative Elliot Bell and Paddy Flynn with some of the many local farmers attending the meeting on Wednesday 6th June 2012 in Down District Council

Councilor Cadogan Enright organized a meeting of farmers from the Down area with the Ulster Farmers Union following a series of planning decisions which he has described as ‘mercurial’.

Cllr Enright said, “Local farmers described situations in the hilly country around Drumsnade where a large wind-farm developer has been approved in principle for 5 wind turbines of 2.5 mega-watts each. But when the large developer withdrew, local farmers had problems getting permission for even 3 turbines less than one tenth that size. Individual applications by farmers are delayed locally for many years, whereas major developments are identified as ‘strategic’ and sail though the planning process at the highest levels.”

“This unequal treatment is unjust and creates a situation where the profits of renewable energy in Northern Ireland will be exported by big money interests, rather than kept in the hands of local people”, continued Cllr Enright.

Farmer and wind energy expert Paddy Flynn of Castlewellan said, “Planning policy seems to be interpreted one way in County Down, and another way across N.I.. This does not help people like myself working to advance renewable energy in the rural economy”.

Ulster Farmers Union representative Elliot Bell was extensively briefed at the meeting on 10 different planning issues, with farmers present to back up their complaints with detailed examples. Elliot confirmed that UFU would be seeking to speak with senior planners about the interpretation of policy in Down.

“One of the biggest issues is that planners are reluctant to meet with farmers planning renewable energy installations in N.I. prior to planning being submitted. This creates a lose-lose situation where expensive planning applications have to be speculatively submitted to get attention of planners. In Scotland or England and Wales it is possible to get an on-site planning application quite rapidly prior to any application being made to ensure compliance with local policies. This avoids time and money being wasted. Planners in Rathkelter House had promised to resolve this situation as far back as May 2010, but have failed to do so”, Concluded Cllr Enright

DOWN IN DANGER OF LOSING RTE and TG4 COVERAGE

Cllr Cadogan Enright at Down District Council

Cllr Cadogan Enright at Down District Council

The issue of Digital TV coverage cropped up again at Monday Night’s Down Council Meeting, as the latest reply from digitaluk on TV coverage in the Down area was discussed in Council. Cllr Cadogan Enright pointed out that digitaluk management seemed to be ignoring the fears of the council that neither the Saorview signal in Louth nor the Divis transmitter in Belfast was currently set up to cover Down District.

In response to queries from local sporting organizations, Councilor Cadogan Enright has been campaigning to ensure that when Freeview digital TV is launched next October that residents in Down District will continue to receive RTE and TG4 as well as UK television services.

Cllr Enright said, “I received written reassurances last year from the ‘digitaluk’ team at Havelock House in Belfast, but have recently been given new cause for concern when the management of digitaluk came to make a presentation to Down Council.”

“The digitaluk management team invited Down Councilors to examine www.saorview.ie to see what our likely signal would be from the Republic, myself and other councilors did so and we discovered that the Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch areas will not be covered”. continued Cllr Enright.

“Worryingly, digitaluk’s team here in N.I. have confirmed that only one of the two transmitters in the Belfast area will be carrying the Irish as well as the UK stations. Blackmountain will have both, but the Divis transmitter will only have UK services – most TV’s in Down District receive their signal from the Divis Transmitter”.

Cllr Cadogan Enright said “A large number of people in Down District follow sports, News and even the soaps in Irish TV channels, and are annoyed that their coverage could be threatened in this way. Especially as the availability of Irish TV channels was expressly written into the Good Friday Agreement.”

“Over the last 10 years we have had several joint press releases from Direct Rule Ministers and their Southern counterparts promising that this would be dealt with, but we find ourselves in Down District Council having to write to both digitaluk and Saorview with only 5 months left before the switchover. I will be meeting with local MLA’s to address this issue and will continue to chase this up personally and though Down Council.” Concluded Cllr Enright

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