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Annual report to voters and constituents in every house in every village in Lecale

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 every village in Lecale this week 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 Lecale 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  or search for ‘Cadogan Enright’ on Facebook where I post or log my activities as a councillor on a weekly basis.

Cllr Cadogan Enright


I found the response of Roads Service and Council to the tidal surge on Friday good in most Lecale Villages WITH 2 EXCEPTIONS
Examining  Storm Debris around houses in Coney Island before high tide1. The Roads Service would not help Coney Island as the road is deemed ‘private’ (this basically means the road is just a track) – the sea wall is partly breached in two places. So it seemed to me that the Council must protect ratepayers in Coney Island before going to the assistance of the Roads Service in other areas – but  they had no assistance on Friday from anyone.   Sadly when I phoned emergency duty manager  Michael Lipsett as the manager in charge of response, he  did not agree, so I have tabled the following NOTICE OF MOTION for the next Council meeting.

“That the Councils emergency plan for dealing with floods and other emergencies will be amended to deal with the protection of ratepayers in areas that other agencies are unable to provide assistance.

For instance Roads Service is unable to provide flood protection to Coney Island during tidal surges. It should therefore be the priority of the Council to ensure that these few areas be attended to first, before going to the assistance of other agencies.”

I spend several hours on Saturday trying to get some bags for Coney Island ahead of Sunday. As of 4pm today I had nothing but expressions of annoyance from the PSNI and the English-based help line that NI Councils were not answering their telephone numbers today ahead of Sundays surge. There were apparently many more like me seeking a few sandbags. I passed on my complaints and these other complaints to council management. Eventually on Saturday evening at 4.34 M Lipsett wrote out acknowledging these complaints and asking people to follow the councils ansafones directions.
In advance of Sunday, I have asked the council to give me sufficient sand bags to fill the two holes at Coney Island  – the first one would take 10 sand bags, and maybe 15 for the second one.
Cllr Enright delivering bags to the Riordan family -  Sandbags arrived a bit late in Strangford 2. Assistance arrived too late Strangford Village and several premises were left flooded out unnecessarily, and then the Roads Service lorry left too early leaving the Council lorry with too few sandbags to satisfy demand – presumably we can get the timings right on Sunday – I have contacted flood relief to make sure there is a more timely response here for the next 2 days especially Sunday.
Displaying Flooding over football fields in KilloughElsewhere, There were plenty of dramatic images with the football pitch at Killough being under water  and the bridge over Station Road between Killough and Ardglass being partly washed away on the Killough side
I was impressed with the Roads Service helping (in particular) Fishermans Row in Killough

dec 11 2013 Shameful response from SEELB uses untruthful propaganda to back 1970’s style discrimination on access to yellow bus

dec 11 2013  SEELB reply untruthfully on Killough Irish school bus discrimination

South Eastern Education and Library Board pretend that there is no yellow bus service taking children from all Lecale villages to school in Downpatrick, and thus claim they can’t run a special bus for Gaelic speaking children.

We now have a situation where 2 children living on the same street in Killough are travelling to Downpatrick to school – one is allowed on the yellow bus – and the other is not – a decision based solely on the language of the childs school

1970’s style discrimination being challenged with help of NI21

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough - Maggie MacKenrey in centre

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough – Maggie MacKenrey in centre

The South East Education and Library Board are refusing to allow Irish speaking children in Ardglass and Killough to use the yellow bus network to take children to school in Downpatrick.

I spoke to the headmaster at Downpatrick Primary School, and he had no objection to the yellow bus service being shared if the SEELB make sure that there are seats for all. I had a similar case with Irish speaking secondary school students from Ballyhornan and Downpatrick being refused transport that I took to the High Court and won with the help of their school.

Parents were shocked when the SEELB transport spokesperson them that SEELB were ignoring the  High Court, and I am now bringing this to the attention of the Ombudsman with help from Unionist MLA  John McCallister as sponsor.

Johns role in sponsoring this complaint demonstrates once again why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the community – putting people first no matter who or what they are.


Dec 4 2013 Ardglass and Killough parents seek equality

An astonishing case of 1970’s style discrimination against children between 4 to 11 years of age whose only crime is to speak Gaelic.

Unionist politician John McAllister has agreed to sponsor this case to the Civil Service Ombudsman, again demonstrating why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the Community

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


27th November Cadogan passes motion in Council to heighten status of Lecale beaches

As part of his campaign to get EU recognition for Lecales beaches, Cadogan gets council resources passed to support application under EU Directive – cutting out the NI Dept of Environment – When we get our beaches recognised – NI Water will then be forced to stop dicharging sewerage on our beaches and give the Lecale Coast the same recognition as the ‘Gold Coast’


Motion Passed on improving beaches

27th Nov BIG NEW CAMPAIGN Help Fix Our Beaches

Help Fix Our Beaches

 Bid To Improve Water on Lecale Beaches 1

Help Improve Water Quality on Lecale beaches 2

You can help me raise water purity standards on your local beach in 2014 by simply taking photos when you are on the beach during the year. To obtain the highest standards of water purity on our local beaches, they must be recognised as ‘Bathing Waters’ under the EU directive.

The rules say that we need to back applications with photos showing the beaches are used for walking, bathing and family outings. Only photographs from this year’s bathing water season onwards can be considered. There have to be a minimum of 45 bathers on one occasion or 100 beach users on two occasions.

NI Water puting new sewage outfall pipe on Ballyhornan Beach Dec 2013

NI Water puting new sewage outfall pipe on Ballyhornan Beach Dec 2013

This campaign goes back to the downgrading of the new Ardglass sewage scheme in April 2013. NI Water announced the scheme with media fanfare. But then feigned surprise when I raised hell over the fact they had shelved the original plan to include Killough, Coney Island, Chapeltown and Ballyhornan. This damages the development, tourism, health and safety of the Lecale Coast.

For 6 months I challenged NIWater to explain why all towns on the ‘Gold Coast’ in North Down had top-level sewerage treatment, but low standards were acceptable on the Lecale Coast. I was finally told, “There are a number of bathing waters identified under the Bathing Water Directive along the Gold Coast. These include Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn, Ballyholme, Groomsport and Millisle. There are currently no designated bathing waters along the Lecale Coast.”.(NIEA obviously don’t know Tyrella and Murlough are in Lecale – which do have EU recognition).

It’s not unfair to say that the NI Environmental Agency are discriminating against Lecale by not designating our beaches as ‘Bathing Waters’ but designating all the main beaches in North Down. The tourist industry is essential here, we are entitled to the same sewerage standards as residents in North Down.

Motion Passed on improving beachesIn the process of this campaign, I discovered that anyone can apply to the EU directly and get a beach recognised. Thus, in December, I had a motion passed in Council, requiring Council Management to prepare a list of candidate beaches under the Directive including Kilclief, Killard, Ballyhornan, Coney Island, Killough and Minerstown. Each beach will be separately assessed, and the council will be deciding on which to progress first in the coming months. If this campaign is successful then we can force NI Water to reassess its downgrading of sewage treatment in Lecale.

If you or your family can organise a beach party for 45 people ( I am!) then email, facebook or post them to me as part of this campaign and lets bring Gold Coast benefits to the Lecale Coast.

nov 20 2013 Ardglass Sewage Scheme downgrade triggers Cllr Cadogan Enright to bid to have ‘Gold Coast’ standards for Lecale Beaches

Following the downgrading of Ardglass sewage works, and its failure to include Killough, Coney Island, Chapeltown and Ballyhornan – Cllr Cadogan Enright took months of ‘freedom of information’ requests to find out what was going on.  After a 6 month chain of freedom of information requests to various agencies, Cllr Enright finally got to the bottom of why North Down ‘Gold Coast’ Beaches have the highest levels of protection from NI Water dumping sewage on them whereas our local Lecale Beaches have the lowest standards and NI Water can do what it pleases. From Kilclief beach, to Killard, to Ballyhornan Beach and all the beaches to MInerstown – our coast has no protection.
In summary NI Water believe “There are a number of bathing waters identified under the Bathing Water Directive along the Gold Coast. These include Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn, Ballyholme, Groomsport and Millisle. There are currently no designated bathing waters along the Lecale Coast”.
It was eventually revealed that ‘Gold Coast’ beaches were all given EU Bathing Water Directive protection – but all Lecale beaches up to Tyrella were not.

Cllr Enright therefore proposes that Down Council Should apply for protection for its beaches under the EU Bathing water directive and force NI Water to stop dumping sewage on our local beaches

nov 20 m2013 designated bathing water a by CadoganEnright

nov 20 2013 designated bathing water b by CadoganEnright


nov 13 2013 Cllr Enright exposes SDLP on clean beaches, rights of way and roads access to Downpatrick and Downe Hospital Campus

nov 13 2013 from clean beaches, to rights of way and access to our hospital SDLP EXPOSED BY Cllr Cadogan Enright

This letters deals with SDLP errors on Rights of Way especially in Ballyculter

BUT ALSO making it clear that the SDLP are wrong to oppose connecting the Ardglass Road, the Hospital and Public Sector Jobs Campus to the Ballyduggan Road using the waste ground at the back of Dunleath park and the Cinema.

The future of this vital economic hub could be secure as no-one could say that they were not connected to vital roads infrastructure.
The SDLP are totally at sea on local infrastructure despite being in power for 30 years.