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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 6 2013 Protest that ‘Gold Coast’ is favoured over ‘Lecale Coast’

nov 6 2013 ballyhornan a sewage by CadoganEnright
Cllr Cadogan Enright has responded to protests by Ballyhornan residents over the low quality of their new sewage plant by making a series of FoI requests.

These clearly show that the Gold Coast in North Down has top class sewage treatment as NIEA classifies it beaches as ‘bathing waters’ BUT NIEA did not classify any of Lecales beaches as ‘bathing waters’ so NI Water is not legally obliged to deliver the same level of treatment – so Ballyhornan only gets ‘sieving’ before discharge to the beach.

Cllr Enright has taken this up as a campaign, and is putting a motion to council to ensure that our local beaches are identified as ‘bathing waters’ under EU the EU Directive to BOTH promote Tourism and to force NI Water to clean up our beaches in Lecale

nov 6 2013 ballyhornan b sewage by CadoganEnright