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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

2nd August 2013 Big Butterfly Island Odyssey

CADOGAN ENRIGHT COMPLETES ISLAND ODYSSEY FOR BUTTERFLIES 

Cllr Cadogan Enright has highlighted the ‘Big Butterfly Count’ as Wildlife Conservation activity that any family can participate in in their gardens or when out on fun trips to the beach or country.

“It only takes 15 minutes, it would be great to cover the whole County Down.” said Cllr Enright.

‘Healthy’ places should have lots of butterflies in lots of colours.  This year, with the warm weather, there should be considerably more butterflies to see than ever before on the count. You can log onto the ‘Big Butterfly Count’ website, print out ID sheets with easy to recognise pictures, and record your results at  http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/about until Monday 12th August

All the Islands visited and counted

All the Islands visited and counted

Cadogan Enright and his son Cad Óg have just returned from 5 days exploring Strangford Lough by canoe, camping on different islands each night while doing the Big Butterfly Count on every island around the Lough. Strangford Lough is one of our most important wildlife sites, protected as a marine nature reserve, SPA, SAC, Ramsar site, ASSI, AONB etc.  The islands are sunken drumlins, a special land feature which County Down is famous for, produced by glaciers.

“We have family members working in ‘Outdoor Adventure Management’ on the Loch and in the Mourne Mountains, so we familiar with weather conditions, safety and land ownership issues”. Said Cllr Enright

“We counted most of the islands, including one not found on Google – Craigabheigh. This island and several around it were obviously used by geese for roosting at night. It was impossible to count all the butterflies that presented themselves in 15 minutes on some islands. We gave up counting on Parton after 5 minutes when we were overwhelmed by huge clouds of small spear shaped moths rising in the air across the island.

“Some islands had cattle grazing, and we eaten alive by horseflies and mighty glad of the 15 minute rule – this also dictated where we could camp. We avoided nesting areas, saw hundreds of Terns diving for fish and my son Cad Óg was blown away by aerial battles as a buzzard raided seabirds nests on a cliff at the Northern end of Inis Glas while I paddled to Dún Ui Neill. At night there were bats and we had old-fashioned sing-songs around a fire. Nature Conservation can be great fun.”

Clllr Cadogan Enright and Son Cad Óg return on morning of 6th day to Quoile River

Clllr Cadogan Enright and Son Cad Óg return on morning of 6th day to Quoile River

Bad weather and Southerly gales and rain disrupted the return journey by a night, and the Enrights were unable to count the areas around Inis tSagairt properly.  “This was disappointing as counts have shown this island to be an astonishingly diverse habitat in the past. It should be a Nature Reserve in my view.” Said Cllr Enright.

Cad Óg said “It was a really great adventure. We will do this again next year for a whole week.”

The Big Butterfly Count contines that week and Identification Sheets and on-line reporting of your own garden or any location can be accessed at www.bigbutterflycount.org/about

 

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..

10th April 2013 Anger over Ardglass Sewarage Scheme hits front page

10th April 2013 Anger over Ardglass Sewarage Scheme hits front page by CadoganEnrightCllr Cadogan Enright represents villagers from Coney Island, Killough, Chapeltown and Ballyhornan in protesting about exclusion from new sewerage scheme

TACKLING ROADS SERVICE EXCUSES IN DOWN DISTRICT

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF DOWN RECORDER RESPONDING TO ARTICLE BY ROADS SERVICE CHIEF

Sir, 

Firstly can I welcome Divisional Roads Manager’s statement regarding plans to tackle traffic management in Downpatrick. I am also pleased that Roads Service will shortly be receiving a comprehensive study to identify and assess potential measures to improve traffic and pedestrian movements at a number of junctions in Downpatrick.  We will be able to add this to the  long line of similar traffic studies which have generated little response from Roads Service in terms of projects on the ground.

The analysis of the congestion problem by Kevin Monaghan in Downpatrick is helpful however, even if it is again lacking in detail.  Mr Monaghan lists some of the schemes and some elements of progress.  But two key issues remain for me as a public representative.

Firstly, the unbalanced consultation into the one-way system at Edward Street continues to be of concern.  Mr Monaghan’s assertion that this is how such consultations are conducted is at variance with best practice in the public service. He admits that the overriding factor for Roads Service was the displacement of 3,000 vehicles from the Edward St area. Why then did Roads Service inform Council that they would use the resurfacing of Edward Street as a test of a one-way system?, and why did they feel a consultation exercise of any sort needed to be undertaken?

Secondly and more significantly, Council is still awaiting detailed responses to a series of questions put to Roads Service at a formal meeting over 7 months ago.

At Council meeting on 22 October 2012 members posed a series of questions to Roads service officials regarding the inadequacy of Road Service’s response to congestion problems in Down District, and Downpatrick in particular.  Questions were also raised about the inadequacy of the Capital Programme for the District. These questions are shown below.  The public statement by Divisional Manager makes no reference either the outstanding questions, or to timetables for each scheme or the likely benefits in terms of traffic flows.

Council Meeting 22nd October 2012 – Questions put to Roads Service Officials

1.    Can you confirm the capital programme for Downpatrick/District and provide  background papers including indicative or detailed costs, Appraisal Summary Tables and supporting documents for all such schemes?

2.    When will construction work start on the A24 Ballynahinch  by-pass scheme?

3.    What is the agreed timetable from Roads Service for each identified improvement  scheme or initiative for Downpatrick,  including those to alleviate traffic congestion?

4.    What improvement in traffic flows for Downpatrick will be generated by these schemes, singly and collectively?

5.    Can Roads Service provide details of all roads schemes considered in last 5 years for Downpatrick in addition to agreed and programmed schemes?

6.    How much additional funding does Downpatrick attract from DRD in recognition of its location on Regional Strategic Transport Network?

 

Council has sought to pursue this information by a series of letters and FoI requests to local Roads service officials, TransportNi, the Permanent Secretary of DRD and the Minister himself.

All responses have been lacking the required detail, despite Roads Service claims that they have supplied answers to what they were asked. Their repeated message is that Downpatrick is no more congested than other Northern Ireland towns. As a consequence Roads Service will continue to deploy inadequate capital investment in the District. Towns like Comber now have two by-passes whereas even the most basic junction upgrades promised years ago in Downpatrick are still not delivered.

Based on their responses to FoI requests, it would appear that they have actually no detailed work done on these projects on most of their project files.

It is clear Roads Service is intent on avoiding answering these questions fully.  Council and local people have a right to know how far each identified scheme has progressed, what stages have been reached in realising each project and what further work is needed by Roads service to make these schemes ready to be implemented.

Council, and I as a public representative, will continue on behalf of the ratepayers who fund the Roads Service, to press for answers and to make available all requested information.

Cllr Cadogan Enright

07590462329

PS I attach a list of in projects in Downpatrick and Down District, featuring the information so far supplied by the Roads Service, in the format used by the Roads Service themselves – you will note that most information boxes are blank.

You might enquire of Roads Service as to why they are unable to fill the blanks

Have a look for yourself at the Roads Service Capital Programme for Down District INCLUDING BLANKS

DUP COUNCILLORS SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

DUP Councillors Support local Farmers

DUP Councillors Support local Farmers

Following a meeting between Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy (DDFFRE) and Down District DUP Councilors, the on-going refusal of the new Down senior planner Barbara Elliot to meet local farmers and discuss the years-long backlog in planning applications appears to be crumbling. Since the meeting last week, Cllr Garth Craig has been able to confirm that Ms Elliot is at least prepared to meet with Down Councilors to discuss the issues, if not with the farmers themselves.

DDFFRE chair Alan Montgomery of Killough said that “following a meeting with Minister Attwood late last year, we are aware that the norm for planning decisions on renewable energy projects across NI is 4 to 6 months, but that the comparable figures here in Down District is 2 to 3 years. We were also informed by Minister Attwood that the N.I. approval rate is 83%, whereas an UFU Freedom of Information request in Down District exposed our rate of approval in 2010 as only 18% and most of these were for developers, not farmers. We have been seeking a meeting with the new head planner to explain this obvious discrepancy”.

Farmers John Carville and Ted Nixon of Drumsnade thanked Cllrs Billy Walker, William Dick and Garth Craig for meeting with them and local Independent Cllr Cadogan Enright for setting up the meeting with his DUP colleagues. He said “We are grateful to  Cllr Garth Craig for following up with the planning office and I understand that Cllr Billy Walker is also seeking a meeting with the DETI minister Arlene Foster to explore why Farmers are being prevented from diversifying into this new industry in Down District”.

Cllr Garth Craig thanked Cllr Enright for the invitation and said “I was shocked by the on-going refusal to meet with local farmers, and the wide disparity exposed by the UFU between farmers in Lecale and the rest of NI. This anomaly will hurt the local farming community and the DUP group in Down Council will address this serious planning issue and seek help with Minister Foster to address issues of grid connectivity for local farmers as well”.

Iain McMordie of Rossglass said “If we cannot get the Down District planning department to reflect normal policy locally, we will be calling for all renewable energy applications to be processed centrally in the regional headquarters of the planning service by properly qualified and trained personnel.”

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

Fury over charges August 2012

Ex farmers leader loses high court case