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MEETING ENVIRONMENT MINISTER ON GLOBAL WARMING WITH FARMERS REPRESENTATIVES

Local farmers group ‘Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy’ (DDFFRE) met with Department of the Environment Minister Mark H  Durkan on Monday afternoon to seek his support for the Lecale area being recognized as the UK reference site for energy storage and micro-grid technologies. DDFFRE were supported by Ulster Farmers Union Gary Hawkes, UFU chief policy officer Chris Osborne, renewable energy companies and Down Councilor Cadogan Enright.

Some of the delegation to the Minister. Left to right, Cllr Cadogan Enright with Ulster Farmers Union Chief Policy Officer Chris Osbourne and Down District Farmers representatives Declan Owens and Alan Montgomery

Some of the delegation to the Minister. Left to right, Cllr Cadogan Enright with Ulster Farmers Union Chief Policy Officer Chris Osbourne and Down District Farmers representatives Declan Owens and Alan Montgomery

Delegation leader Cllr Enright said “An extremely constructive meeting addressed the Northern Irelands Regional Development Policy and perceived gaps in how this was translated in the down and Ards Area Plan. There was a concern that Northern Ireland could lose the opportunity to become the UK lead in these new technology areas if planning policy did not reflect national policy. We noted how the Scottish Government had succeeded in gaining the UK reference site for wave and tidal energy.” CLICK FOR DETAILS OF EXCITING LOCAL PROJECT HERE 

DDFFRE Chairperson Alan Montgomery said, “Many will remember how the existing Area Plan was published years late with significant gaps. In particular, it is clear that current regional commitments to tackling Global Warming and moving energy policy towards renewable energy were not reflected in the old Area Plan as these subjects were not on the agenda when it was formulated. This has a serious impact on the way planners make decisions and could affect our pilot project. Planner are only required to deal with matters referred to in policy.”

Gary Hawkes, Ulster Farmers Union rural enterprise chairman said, “With ongoing capacity problems continuing to affect grid connection for small scale renewables in Northern Ireland, the UFU believe that this micro-grid solution is an alternative way forward.  If the go ahead is granted, this pilot could be spread out to other rural parts of the country and allow farmers to create community energy networks for their local areas, with much needed storage and distribution solutions. However planning policy must follow regional policy if this is to happen.”

Minister Durkan undertook to arrange follow-up meetings with the Northern Irish Environment Agency, to see how Regional Development Policy could be translated more effectively in Area Planning. He undertook to see how his department could assist Rural Development initiatives around micro-grids and energy storage and how they could support the Invest NI-backed Lecale micro-grid pilot project based in the Bishopscourt and Ardglass areas of County Down.

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WHY WAS MY LAST POST ON THIS PAGE IMPORTANT TO YOU? HOW WILL GLOBAL WARMING AFFECT US HERE?

Globalwarming lecale This NASA diagram shows the effect in Down District if the Greenland Ice Sheet melts and the West Antarctic Ice sheet enters the sea. We become a group of islands and the Ards peninsula starts to disappear under water.

See my website and try other scenarios for yourself www.enright.ie/maps . In April 2013 the level of carbon dioxide in the air went above 400 parts per million for the first time since before humans evolved on the planet. This will have an effect if not stopped.

Aside from impact on the human population, Cambridge scientists predict that over 50% of bird species worldwide will become extinct from global warming with similar impacts on most other life forms.

Annual report to voters and constituents in Downpatrick

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 Downpatrick 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 DPK 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

14th Jan 2014 Martin McGuinness supports Downe Community Hospital Campaign

Cllr Cadogan Enright with Downe Hospital Campaigners and Deputy First Minister at Stormont last night

Cllr Cadogan Enright with Downe Hospital Campaigners and Deputy First Minister at Stormont last night

Huge turnout to support the Accident and Emergency debate in Stormont last night (14th January) from Down District – here is a photo of some of us on the stairs at the Assembly with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness showing up to support us (I’m top right)

DOWNPATRICK CONGESTION UPDATE – JANUARY 2014

I campaigned relentlessly last year via the Down Roads committee and the Downpatrick Masterplan working party to have Roads Service to withdraw their assertion that there no serious congestion in the Downpatrick Area. The Roads Service finally came clean, see below, and I got a rare complement from the Down Recorder for my efforts

DPK Report Congestion

January 2014 – Autistic and Learning Disabled fight for a home

CAPAA and Gateway representives visit with Cllr Cadogan Enright

CAPAA and Gateway representives visit with Cllr Cadogan Enright

GATEWAY CLUB for those with learning disabilities

I was able to assist Downpatrick Presbyterian Church in rescuing the Gateway Club at short notice by offering their hall in Fountain Street. The Gateway Club provides a social outlet for adults learning disabilities between 23 and 50 years of age. The South Eastern Trust had closed their facilities without notice.

CAPAA (Children And Parents and Autism)

Similarly  CAPAA  are now being removed from ward 24 at the Downshire. The Trust has not offered any alternative venue for their extensive educational and training work with children and adults, which offers a few crucial respite hours for carers.

I took Moira Denvir of CAPAA and Mary McCargo of GATEWAY to meet the financial decision makers at the Trust, and it was clear that the Trust itself was not clear on how a situation like this could have arisen. This has triggered an internal investigation that is continuing.

Meanwhile, do you know of an underused or dilapidated building in Downpatrick and District with an outside area that could be restored as a garden for fruit and vegetables that could be used by CAPAA? Contact Joanne 07885519469 or Moira at 07999525323, 

Gateway Christmas bash a great success

Gateway Christmas bash a great success

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.

Massive Green Energy scheme could make Down District an International leader

This is one of my more successful campaigns in recent tears, This renewable energy project led by our local community offers local economic growth and finds solutions for Global Warming  – see details below;

Community Renewable Energy Breakthrough

 

Dec 4 2013 b Ardfglass Development Association and lecale farmers celebrate new Hi-tech energy initiative

Dec 4 2013 b Ardfglass Development Association and lecale farmers celebrate new Hi-tech energy initiative by CadoganEnrightThis article gives more detail on the way in which the Lecale energy project is being developed

SEE LINK TO FULL STORY HERE

4th Dec Massive Green Energy Project Could Make Lecale an Energy Leader

dec 4 2013 Cllr Cadogan Enright chairs massive investment initaitive in Ardglass Ballyhornan AreasArdglass and Ballyhornan look set to gain big-time here.
This will have benefits to the whole Downpatrick and Lecale area
This is one of my most successful campaigns to date – it looks like its going to Translate into jobs, lower cost energy and more sustainable family farms in Lecale

SEE LINK TO FULL STORY HERE