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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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 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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Victory in reducing Rates flows from Renewable Energy

Cllr Cadogan Enright celebrates £4 Million rates victory

Cllr Cadogan Enright celebrates rates victory by Cadogan Enright

Councillor Cadogan Enright’s 3 year campaign of opposition to what he has described as “excessive cash reserves” in Down District Council at the expense of the ratepayer appears to have been vindicated.
Cllr Enright, a qualified Chartered Accountant, was the only councilor to vote against the adoption of Down Districts Annual Accounts last year. At the time he claimed that the council had over-provided in its cash reserves by at least 3 to 4 million pounds.
Cadogan Enright said “following my defeat last March by a margin of 22 to 1 on this issue last year, I referred the matter to the external auditor, the audit committee and managed with the help of 2 other councilors to have the internal auditor spend time investigating this matter.”
“The council’s turnover was estimated to be £18 million this year, but cash reserves had been allowed to accumulate to well over £10 million. Ignoring specific reserves, our closing current cash balance last year was standing at £4.9 million, compared to Newry and Mourne at £0.6, Ards and Castlerea both at £1.3 and Armagh at £0.1 million. Were we to merge with Newry and Mourne as planned, this would be the equivalent of giving each person living in Newry and Mourne a present of £29 – a £2.5 million ‘hello present”. Said Cadogan.
“In addition to this, I disputed the entire provision of £3.7 million of additional reserves earmarked to decommission Drumnakelly dump. I believe we are only legally and environmentally required to provide for decommissioning for a maximum of 30 years after its closure, not the 60 proposed by management. We are also allowed to recognize the future value of income from renewable energy and, in particular electricity generated from methane at the dump. Newry and Mourne have done this and as a result only have a fraction of our reserves for the same purpose”.
“Having attended audit and strategic resource committee meetings over the last 18 months I am now certain that all technical questions about this matter have now been resolved. The bigger parties are now faced with estimates of 20 to 30% of rates increases over the next 4 years, and have been forced to come round to my point of view to be able to achieve an acceptable rates figure. We have at least £4 million is reserves available to use before the merger with Newry and Mourne.” Concluded Cllr Enright.
Cllr Cadogan Enright also thanked fellow councilors John Doris and Eamon Mac Con Midhe for their support in pursuing this matter, saying “Cllr Mac Con Midhe has proved to be an excellent Audit Committee Chairperson, not afraid to take on the experts and I am grateful for his support”.

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.

ENRIGHT WELCOMES WORK ON DRUMANESS SEWAGE PLANT

Councillor Cadogan EnrightThe Green Party has welcomed confirmation that steps are to be taken to prevent further sewage spills at a treatment plant in Drumaness.

Councillor Cadogan Enright, who raised concerns about recent discharges from the sewage plant with the Environment Agency, has revealed that work is to be carried out at the plant.

Cllr Cadogan Enright said, “It is clear that there are serious problems with sewage and pollution in Drumaness. For the past few years the Green Party along with other political representatives have highlighted the issues and contacted the relevant authorities to seek a solution. There have been repeated spills from the waste water treatment works into the Ballynahinch River. Unfortunately no long term solution had been put in place.

“However I would welcome the news that the NIEA and Northern Ireland Water have been meeting to address the issues we have raised regarding the waste water treatment works. They have indicated to us that they will be installing a flushing system to stop blockages that were leading to the repeated sewage spills,” concluded Cllr Enright.

Press Cuttings: Enright welcomes assurances

ENRIGHT WELCOMES YOUTH FISHING CLUB

Downpatrick Councillor Cadogan EnrightDuring the month of July a meeting in Drumaness set the foundations for a new club for young people interested in fishing. Any young person interested in joining from the local area would be able to take part in organised fishing days, trips and activities for a fee of only £2 for one year’s membership.

The foundation of this club comes about after local anglers had worked to have the Drumaness River restocked in order to create a vibrant fish population and to increase the biodiversity of the river.

Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright has welcomed the setting up of this new club hailing it as a great example of how local communities can provide activities and opportunities for young people in their area.

Cllr Enright said, “The Youth Fishing and Conservation Forum can only serve to increase young peoples interest in engaging in social activities that will provide them with new social experiences, outdoor skills and knowledge.”

Press Cuttings: Enright welcomes new fishing club in Drumaness

ENRIGHT CAMPAIGNS ON DETERIORATING MILL DAM – DRUMANESS

Councillor Enright at the rear of a house in Linnhurst Park overlooking the Mill Dam.

Local residents of the Linnhurst Park in Drumaness have brought to the attention of the Green Party the deterioration of the Mill Dam which recently contributed to the flooding of resident’s gardens next to the Dam.

For the past few years the Mill Dam has slowly deteriorated and green foliage has taken over half the dam. During the heavy rainfall in August 2008 the Dam could not cope with the pressure of water and a crack appeared in the wall. This led to flooding of the gardens adjacent to the Mill Dam in the Linnhurst Park.

Cadogan has called on the Rivers Agency and Down District Council to consider the risks of flooding to residents of the Lyndhurst Estate who have had to put sandbags at the rear of their houses as a result of the flooding and constant threat of flooding from the Mill Dam.

DOWN Cllr Cadogan Enright said, “It is completely unacceptable that local residents have to live with the constant threat of flooding. Having visited the site and the home of local residents my main concern is that the next time we have heavy rain homes could also be at risk. I was shocked at the slow pace of reaction forthcoming from the relevant authorities.”

“I expressed my concerns to the Down District Council and Rivers Agency calling on them to act last year and am doing so again. Pat Ward recently collected signatures for a petition from local residents adjacent to the Mill Dam to support the call for the construction of a safer barrier to prevent flooding from happening. This has been forwarded to the Down District Council and Rivers Agency as well.”

Cadogan also notified the Housing Executive about this problem due to their property also being at risk. The Housing Executive has since written to the Down District Council supporting the need for a resolution to the flooding problems and deterioration of the Dam. The Housing Executive has also received no reply on this matter.

Press Cuttings: Flooding risk from mill dam, Concern at condition of Drumaness Dam

DRUMANESS SEWAGE SPILLS PERSIST INTO 2009

Councillor Enright at the rear of a house in Linnhurst Park overlooking the Mill Dam.

Local residents of the Linnhurst Park in Drumaness have brought to the attention of the Green Party the deterioration of the Mill Dam which recently contributed to the flooding of resident’s gardens next to the Dam.

For the past few years the Mill Dam has slowly deteriorated and green foliage has taken over half the dam. During the heavy rainfall in August 2008 the Dam could not cope with the pressure of water and a crack appeared in the wall. This led to flooding of the gardens adjacent to the Mill Dam in the Linnhurst Park.

Cadogan has called on the Rivers Agency and Down District Council to consider the risks of flooding to residents of the Lyndhurst Estate who have had to put sandbags at the rear of their houses as a result of the flooding and constant threat of flooding from the Mill Dam.

DOWN Cllr Cadogan Enright said, “It is completely unacceptable that local residents have to live with the constant threat of flooding. Having visited the site and the home of local residents my main concern is that the next time we have heavy rain homes could also be at risk. I was shocked at the slow pace of reaction forthcoming from the relevant authorities.”

“I expressed my concerns to the Down District Council and Rivers Agency calling on them to act last year and am doing so again. Pat Ward recently collected signatures for a petition from local residents adjacent to the Mill Dam to support the call for the construction of a safer barrier to prevent flooding from happening. This has been forwarded to the Down District Council and Rivers Agency as well.

We have also notified the Housing Executive about this problem due to their property also being at risk. The Housing Executive has since written to the Down District Council supporting the need for a resolution to the flooding problems and deterioration of the Dam. The Housing Executive has also received no reply on this matter.

Press Cuttings: Flooding risk from mill dam, Concern at condition of Drumaness Dam