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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.

Storms Trigger Treasure Hunt in Chapeltown

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright and his son CadoganÓg with the mirror at Church Road in Chapeltown

Severe storms battered coastal areas in Down in April 2013, and high winds caused damage in some areas. In Chapeltown high winds carried off a large Roads Service mirror used by local residents to ensure the main Strangford road is clear before driving out of Church Road.

Councilor Cadogan Enright was contacted by concerned parents of children attending nearby St Marys in Dunsford and contacted the Roads Service about the problem.

Cllr Enright said, “Roads Service said it could take some weeks to replace the mirror, unless the original one could be found and put back up. This sparked a hunt by myself and local residents in fields and Gardens around Chapeltown Area.”

Resident Pascal Kearny finally found the mirror in a local farmyard, and Cllr Enright retuned it to the Roads Service Depot in Seaford for re-installation later this week.

Planning office criticised 10th Oct 2012

Planning office refuses to meet Ulster Farmers Union and fails to hold the disputed planning decisions until meeting with UFU is made

Minister supports Farmers on Wind Turbines Oct 2012

Minister for Environment backs Lecale Farmers wind turbine campaign

Picture shows DDFFRE (Down District Farmers For Renewable Energy) at their inaugral meeting in Denvirs Hotel organised by Cllr Cadogan Enright

Ballyhornan – 19th Sept 2012

Cllr Enright campaigns for 3-G pitch in Ballyhornan – income will make family centre more sustainable

LECALE FARMERS SEEK MEETING WITH MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE

January Meeting with from the left Alan Montgomery Chairperson, Chris Hazzard MLA and Cllr Stephen Burns Down SF leader flanked by local farmers

January Meeting with from the left Alan Montgomery Chairperson, Chris Hazzard MLA and Cllr Stephen Burns Down SF leader flanked by local farmers

Down District Sinn Fein leader Cllr Stephen Burns arranged a meeting for MLA Chris Hazzard at Down District Council this week at the new headquarters on the Ardglass Road with the Ulster Farmers Union-backed ‘Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy’.

The meeting focused on Economic opportunities in rural development though diversification and reducing farm costs though developing on-farm energy resources.

Chairperson Alan Montgomery of Killough opened the meeting by expressing thanks to MLA Chris Hazzard for making time to come and listen to the problems of local farmers across a wide swathe of Down District. Chris Hazzard is a member of the Agricultural Committee at Stormont.

Local farmers highlighted rising costs of energy, and how they were under pressure to reduce their ‘carbon footprint’ from the big UK retail multiples that buy their produce. However they were unable to get connection to the electricity grid as South Down is being left out of the overall drive to upgrade the grid across N.I. under the ‘Single Market’ programme and requested Chris Hazzard to facilitate meetings with NIE.

MLA Chris Hazzard said “I will be asking questions in Stormont as to why the South Down area is being left out of the grid development programme. This has serious implications for the development of both Agriculture and Commerce generally in South Down. This focus on development in other parts of N.Ireland at our expense is mirrored in our roads infrastructure. I attended meeting in London recently, and prospective developers were able to tell me about the lack of a Ballynahinch by-pass, the A5 and point up chronic traffic problems in Downpatrick. We need a new approach to development in South Down, we have been fobbed off for too long”

Cllr Stephen Burns said “Sinn Fein will be having a meeting with planners at Rathkelter House in the near future, and will address the issues raised by local farmers. It is not acceptable for senior planners to refuse to meet local farming leaders and Sinn Fein will vigorously pursue this matter.”

MLA Chris Hazzard said “DDFFRE farmers have some exciting ideas in the area of energy storage and distribution, and I would encourage this group to apply to the both DARD rural development funds and to the East Boarder Region group as their ideas are clearly important to the development of the all-Island grid.  I also intend to organize a meeting with Minister for Agriculture Michelle O’Neill with these enterprising Lecale farmers. They deserve our support.”

LOCAL FARMERS EXPLORE NEW FARM-SCALE TECHNOLOGIES

Councillor Cadogan Enright and B9 MD David Surplus with a group of farmers from Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy pictured at their monthly meeting in Downpatrock Cricket Club.

Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy (DDFFRE) invited David Surplus, MD of B9 Energy’s anaerobic digestion company to visit them at their monthly recent meeting in Downpatrick Cricket Club last Thursday night.

At a meeting chaired by local Councillor Cadogan Enright, They discussed the potential for co-operation around the development of renewable energy projects an in anaerobic digestion in particular . Cllr Enright explained “anaerobic digestion is a processes where micro-organisms digest biodegradable material in in a sealed container to release energy. Much of the fermentation used industrially to produce food and drink products use forms of anaerobic digestion. Silage is produced by anaerobic digestion”.

David Surplus pointed out “B9 is already involved in landfill gas at Down Councils’  Drumnakelly site,  and based on the new anaerobic digestion plant being constructed in Dungannon, we are interested in farm scale projects utilising resources such as cattle and pig slurry together with excess silage to generate combined heat and power”.

David Surplus said; “South Down has not been as quick as other areas of the province to embrace AD in dealing with agricultural waste streams while deriving income from selling heat and power. Animal slurries could support up to 150 farm scale AD plants in the Province making a significant contribution to our renewable energy targets and reducing our over-reliance on imported fossil fuels”.

Micheal Trainor of Bishopscourt said “Recent demonstration has shown that when digestive left over from the AD process is spread on farm land there is a 35% increase in grass yields above the use of raw slurries due to the entrained nitrogen being in a form that is more easily absorbed. Weed seeds are also digested so that there is less need to use expensive imported herbicides which is important to me as an organic farmer.”

After dealing with normal business, the meeting supported a resolution from Alan Montgomery of Killough to follow up on this high tech way of dealing with farm waste to create new income sources for farming, reduce the danger of pollution from run-off, save money on herbicides and produce better grass and other crops. DDFFRE resolved to explore this technology more thoroughly at future meetings in the new year.

COUNCILLOR’S INTERVENTION MOVES SOCIAL HOUSING FORWARD

Cllr Cadogan Enright

Cllr Cadogan Enright

DOWN Councillor Cadogan Enright has welcomed the news that another bureaucratic log-jam preventing the Ballyhornan Task Force from applying for funding for social housing has been removed.

Cllr Enright said “Last September our task force in Ballyhornan won planning permission for twelve social housing units after a long struggle. There has been no social housing built in this area for 30 years, and it was badly required. However we have been held up for 13 months in applying for funding with our partner ACR Housing, as another housing association APEX had historically expressed an interest in the area to the department, and had ‘the rights’ to develop in the area.”

“Two months ago at the Councils formal meeting with the Northern Irish Housing Executive, I raised this issue and asked the NIHE to ‘bang heads together’ so that our development can proceed. I was delighted when NIHE’s Aidan Brannigan reported back this week that APEX Housing had withdrawn, allowing our project to apply for finance for the 2013/2014 financial year for an initial phase of 4 units.”

Cllr Enright pointed out “This project has been a long drawn out process, and local people were frustrated in their attempts to gain social housing by a number of obstacles that we had to overcome. Firstly the NIHE had no ‘latent demand’ figures showing that there was a demand for social housing in Ballyhornan, as people do not seek listing in areas than have no social housing, and there had been none since 1982. With help from the Rural Residents Forum, we were able to run a ‘latent demand test’ in 2008 to give us the figures to back our Planning Permission proposal.”

Secondly, large parts of the centre of Ballyhornan have been erroneously earmarked as “greenbelt farming land” preventing development. Thus it was a long hard struggle by the task force to persuade the planning authorities that the ruined ex-RAF buildings were actually a brown-field site and that the boundaries of Ballyhornan had been incorrectly drawn. Said Cllr Enright.

“This project has a lot of support locally. If we can proceed with the 4 first phase units it will create facts on the ground. Thus when the next latent demand survey takes place in the coming year, I feel confident that the demand will be demonstrated for the remaining 8 units.” Concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright.

Challenging Projected Coverage for RTE and TG4 in April 2012 – 6 months before digital switch-over

Following Digital UK writing to Down District Council last year us last year on the schedule for switch-over, I wrote back to them to them seeking reassurance that widespread concern around Down District that RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 would be available from day one as had previously been announced and as agreed under the Good Friday and Saint Andrews Agreement.

It was clear from the on-line maps they were supplying at the time that large areas of Down District including Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch would be left out, I had been seeking improvements to this scenario. Map of Best Case Scenario April 2012 for RTE / TG4 coverage

Very large numbers of people in this district rely on these stations for sports coverage, Irish Language broadcasting and news across the Island of Ireland.

Denis Wolinski, Digital UK’s National Manager in Northern Ireland, wrote to me last October  saying “Beidh RTE agus TG4 ar fáil ar an gcóras nua.  Beidh a thuilleadh eolais faoi seo á fhógairt amach anseo.” (RTE and TG4 will be available on the new system, more information will be announced on this.)

However  significant gaps in coverage emerged (see link above to  map) during the digital switch-over which I  continued to query in a lengthy correspondence with Digital UK

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.

I have challenged this arrangement both directly myself, and have had Down Council express concerns on behalf of all citizens in the District.

Digital have written to me saying “Our advice to consumers is based on information made available to us from the broadcasters. This indicates that the new Freeview service supplemented by Saorview signals from the Republic will make TG4, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two available to approximately 93 per cent of households in Northern Ireland. Our campaign reminds viewers that Freeview HD equipment will be needed to receive these channels via Freeview.”

 

I am campaigning to make sure we do not end up as part of the 7% who do not get the service.

Click here to see some of the correspondence to both Digital UK and to Saorview in the Republic

 

Bicycles can now be recycled

Bicycles can now be recycled