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july 3 2013 jobs campaign taken to Stormont

july 3 a 2013 jobs stormont by CadoganEnright
As Chairperson of the campaign to bring Public Sector Jobs to Down District, Cadogan organises launch of Down’s ‘sales brochure’ with help of MLA’s John McCallister, Chris Hazzard and Finance Minister Simon Hamilton.
5,500 people commute daily to Belfast for work – overwhelmingly in the public sector – Downs Public Sector Campus would provide a far more sustainable location for these jobs – drastically reducing congestion in Belfast and locally and giving a boost to local businesses who would no longer see the spending power of the District commuting to Belfast..

WARNING OVER SCADDY ROAD SPEEDING

Councilor Cadogan Enright and local community PSNI officers have been meeting residents of the Turmennan Road, Scaddy Road and Greystown Road areas over concerns about cars speeding through the area between the A7 Belfast road and The Old Belfast Road.

Cllr Cadogan Enright with PSNI offer Owens at Scaddy Road - Greystown Road cross Roads

Cllr Cadogan Enright with PSNI offer Owens at Scaddy Road - Greystown Road cross RCouncilor Cadogan Enright and local community PSNI officers have been meeting residents of the Turmennan Road, Scaddy Road and Greystown Road areas over concerns about cars speeding through the area between the A7 Belfast road and The Old Belfast Road.

Cllr Enright said, “The situation had been made worse by recent road closures on both main roads and the ongoing pipe-laying along Craigs Road by the water service that will last up until July. There seems to be little coordination between the Roads Service and NIWater as to diversions or reduced speed limits though these country lanes. Having spoken to Roads Service, they have not given proper consideration to applying temporary speed limits in these areas, and are leaving it to the PSNI to pick up the pieces, but without giving the PSNI a temporary speed limit to work with.”

Local resident Olwen McConnell said “the national speed limit of 60 miles per hour is totally inappropriate for winding single-lane roads like this. 25 or 30MPH would be more appropriate, and even then care is needed as there are no pavements and children, horses and agricultural traffic must be expected at every turn in this area ”

Cadogan Enright agreed and said, “The PSNI have made it clear to me that ‘driving with due care and attention’ requires drivers to proceed at well below the national speed limit, and that they will be monitoring the situation. Aside from winding, narrow sections of these 3 roads, there are some sections where the rise of a hill, like the hill on Scaddy Road makes it impossible to see what is coming on the other side. A child with a bike or someone out on a horse would have no chance at these speeds.”

“I am pleased that the PSNI have decided to put in place their own measures to reduce speeding along Scaddy Road, including electronic speed indicator boards, despite the failure of Roads Service to agree temporary speed restrictions for the duration of these works”.  Concluded Cll Enright

HOUSING EXECUTIVE CREATE STINK ON WALLACE HILL ROAD

Councilor Cadogan Enright has hit our against a  year of delays by the Housing Executive in dealing with sewerage leaks from its properties spreading out down Wallace Hill Road in Ballygally.

Housing Executive Create a Stink at Wallace Hill Road Lawrence Kirk and Cllr Cadogan Enright at site of sewerage spill in Wallace Hill Road

Housing Executive Create a Stink at Wallace Hill Road Lawrence Kirk and Cllr Cadogan Enright at site of sewerage spill in Wallace Hill Road

Cllr Enright said, “Local residents have reported this in writing to Environmental Health Officers at the Council who have n turn brought the matter to the attention of the Housing Executive who have been slow to respond. Meanwhile drivers and pedestrians along Wallace Hill road must negotiate filthy conditions that only get worse when it rains”

Local resident Laurence Kirk said “I have contacted the department on many occasions since last year and we are still waiting for action to be taken. Even when there is no rain the pollution can reach right across the road and many meters down the road on one side. It is unpleasant for local residents and also makes cars smell and require a lot more cleaning.”

Cadogan Enright agreed and said, “I have made a formal complaint to the Housing Executive on this matter and they have promised me a report on what they are doing about it. I have also made a formal report of a pollution incident and will expect prosecution of the Housing Executive to follow if they continue to drag their feet in this matter.”

“The days of government agencies feeling they have immunity are over, but many government orgainsations have not yet woken up to this new reality. Statistics in this area have should that most pollution incidents can be traced back to government agencies in recent years. This attitude of license must stop and I will continue to campaign until it does.” Concluded Cll Enright

Dog Fouling bye-laws get tough 14th Nov 2012

Dog Fouling bye-laws get tough 14th Nov 2012

Supporting the Economics of Wind Energy Mourne Observer 14th Nov 2012

Supporting the Economics of Wind Energy Mourne Observer 14th Nov 2012

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

Councillor highlights RTE signal danger

Councillor highlights RTE signal danger

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.

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