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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”.



Flood Map Lecale

You can see the projected flooding to the Lecale area as well as all of Northern Ireland by clicking on the above link and then  selecting the level of sea level rise on the top left.


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.


Photograph shows Councillor Cadogan Enright and Green Party Co-ordinator Pat Ward at the Dunmore / Magherahamlet Crossroads.

DOWN District Councillor Cadogan Enright has expressed his concern at the dangers posed to people using the Dunmore Road and Magherahamlet Road Crossroads.

Currently a derelict building, which should have been removed ten years ago after a replacement dwelling was built, is blocking the sightlines of road users approaching the crossroads from the Spa direction.

Cllr Enright said, “The sightlines should have been amended around ten years when the old building on the crossroads was to be removed before a new replacement dwelling was erected. On visiting this junction it concerns me that the old building is still in place and dangerously blocking the sight lines to emerging traffic at the crossroads. If this old building is removed, as it should have been, I believe the problems and dangers of this junction could be rectified.”

Cllr Enright has been told by the Planning Office that the Roads Service and Planning Service are currently corresponding to have this issue rectified.

Cllr Enright said, “I have written to the Planning Service on two occasions and also raised the issue with local PSNI officers. I can confirm that the Planning Service is currently carrying out an assessment of our request to have the derelict building removed which I welcome however I am concerned at the length of time this process is taking. Local people have had to wait over ten years for this issue to be resolved and I think it is a miracle that no one has been killed yet on these crossroads.”

The crossroads in question has contributed to several previous road accidents which have left people seriously injured. To date there has been no fatalities however local people believe it will only be a matter of time before a tragedy comes about.

Cllr Enright concluded, “Currently when approaching theses crossroads from the Spa direction it is like playing a game of ‘Russian Roulette’. I have expressed my concerns to the Planning Service and hope that enforcement and addressing the issue is forthcoming before someone else gets hurt.”

Press Cuttings: Dangerous bend prompts appeal, Councillor hits out at ‘dangerous’ crossroads