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DOWN DISTRICT NEWS – JANUARY 2011 – NOW ONLINE

I have distributed my latest Newsletter in the Downpatrick and Lecale areas. I have two editions – The Lecale edition and the now online for you to download.

Down District Edition

Lecale District Edition

Articles included are:

  • Forward by Cllr Cadogan Enright (Downpatrick Councillor and MLA Candidate for South Down)
  • Bill Corry on Planning
  • Bill Corry on Ballyhornan
  • Raymond Blaney – The History Health Campaigning in Down District.
  • Seaforde and Clough Residents Object to Fly-tipping
  • Killough Successes for Cllr Cadogan Enright
  • Ballyculter Residents Assert their right of way
  • Victory at Tyrella Beach
  • Ardglass Hospital Activist Supports Cllr Enrights Campaign
  • Snow Scandal – Approach to Bad Weather Must Change

Download the newsletters and circulate amongst your friends and family.

NEW NEWRY & MOURNE BOUNDARY WILL ADVANCE NATIONAL PARK PROJECT

Map shows the new proposed boundaries in this area.

The Green Party has welcomed the inclusion of Slievecroob in the new district council of Newry & Mourne which, if agreed, will bring the proposed National Park boundaries within the one local government area.

Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright said: “The decision to include Slievecroob in Newry & Mourne improves the region’s ability to develop a National Park through the Mournes and into the Cooleys and considerably improves the project’s chances of success. A National Park in this area will bring huge investment with the potential of attracting investment from Europe, the Republic and the UK.”

The Green Party has been a consistent supporter of the National Park, which according to a 2006 Countryside Consultancy report has the potential of creating in excess of 800 -1,200 jobs.

Cllr Enright said: “A new National Park will create jobs, improve infrastructure including the A25 route, upgrade public transport and offers one of the most exciting opportunities for the area’s economic future.”

According to the Potential Impacts of National Park Designation in Northern Ireland report, published in May 2006, upwards of 1.43 million visitors per year could be attracted to the proposed National Park and 2.53 million to the wider sphere of influence. This, according to the report equates to £30-43 million in spending by visitors each year.

Press Cuttings: Delight from supporters of National Park, National park seen as reason for revised Council boundary, New boundaries boost National Park scheme

ENRIGHT ALARMED BY ATTITUDE TO RECYCLING SCHEME

Cadogan Enright

Down Councillor Cadogan Enright has expressed alarm at the ending of funding for a curb-side recycling scheme in Newcastle.

Cllr Cadogan Enright said that the three and a half thousand residents of Newcastle, Bryansford and Castlewellan who use this scheme are way ahead of the District Council on this issue.

Cllr Enright stated “We are missing an opportunity by allowing this recycling scheme to fold. Our capability for recycling in Northern Ireland has a lot of room for improvement and I am seriously worried that the Council is missing a trick here.”

He continued “I attended the Audit Committee of the Council last week and discovered that the Department of the Environment are refusing to pay Down District Council £67,000 for dumping at Drumnakelly landfill site.”

Cllr Enright pointed out that this amount was enough to keep the inter-church recycling scheme going this year.

“Failing to collect charges at Drumnakelly dump is causing cut-backs in recycling schemes. This is upside-down logic as it will only increase the amount of rubbish going to the dump by 300 tonnes per year, filling up valuable spare capacity. Ths scarce space can be sold by the council for a profit.”

The issue of funding for the scheme was raised by Cllr Enright at Council before Christmas. At a meeting of the Council last week (late January ’07), Councillors Enright and Clarke proposed a motion to grant further funding to the group, but this was defeated by the combined SDLP, DUP and UUP votes.

“This loss of funding has resulted in job losses and is a step backwards in our waste policy in Down District. When curb-side collection becomes mandatory and recyling targets are raised from the current 38% progressivly up to 80% we will have to tender for this service and either Bryson House in Belfast or some multinational will benefit taking jobs and profits out of our area and we will lose capability for the Newcastle Inter-Church Association” Concluded Cadogan Enright.

Press Cuttings: interchurch in observer cadogan, Interchurch 4, Inter Church Recycling Scheme 2