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Cadogan Enright collects signatures at local Rugby club for Hospital accident and emergency department's return.

Cadogan Enright collects signatures at local Rugby club for Hospital accident and emergency department’s return.

In addition to the 2600 signatures he collected in Saul, Raholp, Strangford, Kilcleif, Ballyhornan, Chapeltown and Killough, Cadogan Enright collects more signatures at Ballynahinch Rugby Club to prevent the closure of the A&E department in the Downe Hospital. Many sporting clubs agreed that the Accident and Emergency service was essential. Cllr Enright collected signatures at Dunleath park, Ballynahinch Rugby club and sent petitions to over 50 GAA clubs in the surrounding area.

Extremely constructive talks on modern energy storage project

Leading energy storage project discussed between Cllr Enright, Environmental minister Durkan and leaders of the Ulster Farmers union and DDFFRE.

Leading energy storage project discussed between Cllr Enright, Environmental minister Durkan and leaders of the Ulster Farmers union and DDFFRE.


Ground-breaking energy storage project discussed in extremely productive talks with Environmental minister Durkan. Councillor Enright led a delegation of leaders of the Ulster Farmers union and local Down farmers organisation DDFFRE. The scheme would be the first of its type in the UK and Ireland and is slated to be based at the old airdrome in Ballyhornan and serving Ardglass and other Lecale villages with renewable energy.

Minister promised to make an on-site tour in July

SKATE BOARDERS and BMX’ERS looking for a home in Downpatrick

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright with the leaders of Downe Urban Sports Association  Matthew Kennedy front and Kris Burke centre at the Saint Patricks Centre.

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright with the leaders of Downe Urban Sports Association Matthew Kennedy front and Kris Burke centre at the Saint Patricks Centre.

Independent Downpatrick Councilor Cadogan Enright has helped local young people involved in ‘Urban Sports’set up a club and seek funding for a Downpatrick-based based facility for sports like BMX or Skateboarding.

Councillor Enright said “I  met with a large number of young people at the Saint Patricks Centre on 2 occasions last week to help set them set up a formal sports organization. We discovered from Sports N.I. that there were dozens of Urban Sports clubs across the country but no National umbrella organization. Councils have been building facilities for these sports North and South with the latest one being built by Wicklow County Council. I and have requested a meeting with Down Councils Sports and Leisure managers to see if they can be accommodated in the new Leisure centre.”

“There is a big crowd of BMXers and Skateboarders from all the villages in Down District who want a venue in Downpatrick for their sports – maybe in Dunleath Park. These athletic young people use areas around Downpatrick at the moment like St Patricks Square/ St Patricks Centre which has drawn complaints from some quarters. They are entitled to practice their sports and need somewhere they can go to do it safely and with Council approval.“

Cllr Enright chaired a meeting that had been organized on Facebook, where they ratified a constitution, elected a committee and applied for membership of ‘Sported’ to train them how to apply for grants.

At the inaugural meeting Kris Burke from Ardglass was voted in as Chairperson. Kris said “Many of our members travel into Downpatrick from Killough, Newcastle, Ardglass and other areas to meet and compete with each other at the moment around Downpatrick town centre. We want to see if Down Council can set up with a location that would suit better than the likes of Saint Patricks Square, so that we can encourage a wider participation in these sports.  Ideally a venue near the bus station like Dunleath Park would suit.”

Matthew Kennedy agreed and said “The whole complex in Dunleath Park is being rebuilt at the moment. There must be somewhere our sports can be fitted in in this huge development. There appear to be several areas of derelict land on the site. We want Council management to meet with us to discuss this and to help us apply for funding to Sport NI and the lotto-run ‘Awards for All’”.



Down Coastal Rowing Ardglass meeting in Bath Street

Picture of everyone at our inaugural meeting in Bath Street

CALLING ALL ARDGLASS TEAM MEMBERS ! – NEXT MEETING FRIDAY 5pm at ‘Everyones Club drop-in centre’ Bath Street Ardglass

I undertook to get a numbers cleared up after our initial meeting and the report back is as follows;

1. Down Rowing will have central constitution that all members will be part of. We will need to review the draft central constitution & in so doing take names.

2. Down Coastal Rowing are arranging insurance and bank accounts

3. Tools – I have have been told that any normal DIYer will have the tools needed.

4. Centrally organised ‘kick off meeting’ for all members will be on Monday 10th again in Down Arts Centre at 7pm 

Also the boat kits are now all in Portaferry but some extra timbers will be needed. The timbers for keel stem & gunwhales will now be funded from SLLP but advises that strengthening wood to brace the building jig as well as consumables protective clothing gloves masks hand cleaner etc etc will have to be funded locally – I am guessing guess at a manageable £250 but it might be no more than £500 local. I assume we have to add the cost of the oars to that.



  1. Harbour Building
  2. ADA Building
  3. Milligan’s Fish Processing Unit

All buildings were capable of being made good for the purpose of making the Skiffs however there were varying amounts of work required to make them ready for use along with tenancy issues.


The shell and structure of the building was in good order.  The area identified as suitable for building the boat was an actual ‘Cold Room’ used for fish processing.  The room had no electric fitted but if connected to an electric supply could be temperature controlled and ventilation supplied.  Similarly light and power points would be needed.

Currently there is no water or toilet facilities, no direct ventilation or natural light.  If working inside the main doors would need to be left open.

The building is currently unusable because of the lack of facilities, services and ventilation.  Mr Mulhall stated that he could get someone to put the services and facilities in place.

Currently the building is not accessible as there is no tenancy agreement.  Mr Mulhall said he felt it was possible to obtain an agreement.  Mr Mulhall’s organisation ‘Street Safe’ is a charitable organisation and so can get the premises rates free.


The ADA building is structurally sound and in good order.  An area identified as main floor of the former shop would be suitable for constructing the boat although it may possibly need segregated from the rest of the building in some way during the construction period.  This will depend on the future use of the building.

All required facilities & services exist i.e. electric, water, toilets etc. (no disabled toilet).

The building is more or less ready with very little required to bring the building into use for constructing the Skiff.  The group would have access straight away and the only concern would be asking the current users (craft class) to move or vacate the building.


This building is modern and structurally sound.  However there is no water or toilet facilities.  It is currently used for the repair and storage of boats and material used in the fish processing business.

The location of the building and access are quite remote especially if it had to be used at night.

Mr Mulhall stated that he could get the water and toilet facilities put into the building.

Currently the building is not accessible as there is no tenancy agreement.  Mr Mulhall said he felt it was possible to obtain an agreement.  Mr Mulhall’s organisation ‘Street Safe’ is a charitable organisation and so can get the premises rates free.

J L Lawson

Project Co-ordinator

22nd Feb. 2014


Hendersons have been in contact with ADA offering the Cochrane old shop for a period of (9) nine months which can be followed by a further nine month if wished for.
Hendersons are emailing ADA with a blank agreement form for consideration at the next ADA meeting which I am told by Mary McCargo should be a formality. Terms will be a nominal rent (amount if anything, to cover admin costs)
ADA Charity exemption can be used to get rates exemption on the premises.  There are a number of benefits to this location as follows;
1. Next to public toilets
2. Next to Cafe
3. Next to Harbour, seaman’s mission etc etc
4. Loads of room
5. None of the complications of the other sites we looked at

see latest email from Leonard Lawson

From: len_law@hotmail.com
To: imeldamcalea@live.co.ukjames@elliottspond.netmichael.mcglennon@wyg.comann_fee@hotmail.comgillian.armstrong@strangfordlough.org
Subject: Constitution
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:48:35 +0000

Hi All

Just to bring you up to-date with developments:
A draft constitution has be drawn-up, copy to follow.
SLLP are holding a meeting in the Arts Centre in Downpatrick on Friday the 7th March at 7pm for the proposed management team to consider the draft constitution and give you an update on, insurance, team funding and any issues that might arise.  As part of that committee can you please ensure that you or your representative from your team can attend.
This will be followed with the 1st General meeting of the Down Coastal Rowing Club on Monday 10th again in Down Arts Centre at 7pm for all existing team members.
 If there is any difficulty please come back to me.
Answers to some current questions:
Team Costs:
Money required to purchase equipment and materials over and above the items SLLP are supplying will have to be met by the Team.
With the proposed constitution you will not need to hold a general meeting, elect a committee or open a bank account for your team you will only need to adopt the structure we have already suggested.  The most urgent thing if you have not already done so is the election of a Team Captain and a structure for your team.
Starting Work:
Before the Club is formally created, at the general meeting, and everyone joins your team can start work as  ‘volunteers’ for the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership.  As long as those names are lodged with Gillian beforehand as volunteers they will be covered by the SLLP insurance.  This is on condition that no powered hand tools or machinery powered from the mains is being used until a  electrical cert. has been obtained.
A lot of power tools nowadays are battery powered and so can be used safely without being plugged into the electrical system.

From: Cadogan Enright [mailto:cadogan@enright.ie]
Sent: 13 February 2014 15:41
To: jeremybryce792@btinternet.com; Gillian Armstrong
Cc: Mary McCargo; Jim down news masson Jim Masson
Subject: Coastal Rowing


just to let you know that I chaired the inaugural meeting of the Ardglass Branch of your organisation last night in my capacities as being on the Strangford and Lecale Partnership and as a local councillor.

It was held in ADA’s premises in Bath street.

The meeting was well attended despite an appalling storm. There was lost of enthusiasm as well as a lot of boat-building and qualified operating experience to be had

there were 3 main queries

1. Were you to base branch constitutions on the sort of document handed out by Down or Ards Councils, we could each get a small start=up grant of £200 per branch

2. How will insurance be handled – it would be good if the main office so to speak could organise insurance for each of the properly constituted branches

3. Will the kits come with tools? or will we have to find or buy them?

I was not able to be there at 1 today as I was over with Caroline at the Launch in Portaferry

Cllr Cadogan Enright

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
 www.enright.ie  or search for ‘Cadogan Enright’ on Facebook where I post or log my activities as a councillor on a weekly basis.

Cllr Cadogan Enright

4th Dec Massive Green Energy Project Could Make Lecale an Energy Leader

dec 4 2013 Cllr Cadogan Enright chairs massive investment initaitive in Ardglass Ballyhornan AreasArdglass and Ballyhornan look set to gain big-time here.
This will have benefits to the whole Downpatrick and Lecale area
This is one of my most successful campaigns to date – it looks like its going to Translate into jobs, lower cost energy and more sustainable family farms in Lecale


sept 4 2013 Battle for Shuttle Bus Service between Downpatrick Hospital and Bus Station reaches new stage

sept 4 2013 Downe hosp transport by CadoganEnright
Cllrs Enright and Curran have succeeded in over turning the negative policy on bus transport within the South Eastern Trust – Ministerial Support for public transport, and new NHS guidelines have provided new impetus to this campaign.

The Trust will now have to bring forward realistic proposals




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


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

Storms Trigger Treasure Hunt in Chapeltown 14th April

Severe storms battered coastal areas in Down last week, and high winds caused damage in some areas. In Chapeltown high winds carried off a large Roads Service mirror used by local residents to ensure the main Strangford road is clear before driving out of Church Road.

Without this mirror it is dangerous to access the main Ardglass to Ballyhornan road from Church Road

Councillor Cadogan Enright was contacted by concerned parents of children attending nearby St Marys in Dunsford and contacted the Roads Service about the problem.

Cllr Enright and son Cadogan in Chapeltown last week with rescued mirror

Cllr Enright and son Cadogan in Chapeltown last week with rescued mirror

Cllr Enright said, “Roads Service said it could take some weeks to replace the mirror, unless the original one could be found and put back up. This sparked a hunt by myself and local residents in fields and Gardens around Chapeltown Area.”

Resident Pascal Kearny finally found the mirror in a local farmyard, and Cllr Enright retuned it to the Roads Service Depot in Seaford for re-installation later this week.


‘Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy’(DDFFRE)   finally met with Barbara Elliot the new head of planning at Rathketer House last Friday, after pressing for a meeting for over 6 months following their meeting with Planning and Environment Minster Attwood last year.

Farmers Continue Battle with Planners

Farmers Continue Battle with Planners

Local environmentalist and councilor Cadogan Enright who facilitated the meeting said “we were disappointed that it took so long when the Minister was willing to meet us within just a few weeks of our request. When meeting the Minister local farmers described operational failures at the Downpatrick planning office in some detail.”

DDFRRE member Edward Carson of Tyrella said, “It is clear that the planning office have been working to address some of the issues we raised with the Minister last year. New entrants to the planning system are not experiencing the same level of delays. However our members from Killard to Ballyhornan and from the Lecale Coast to Ballynahinch are still stuck in the system for anything up to 3 years whereas in theory we are supposed to have a decision in 8 weeks.”

Alan Montgomery of Killough said “Decisions for the Down area are well behind the average period of 4 to 6 months waiting for a decision. We singled out the local practice of sending requests for expensive new reports a year or 18 months into the planning application as the biggest cause of delays locally.”

Patrick Magee of Killard pointed out, “Planning advisors charge twice the price for planning applications in Down District, as our local planning office is generally regarded as ‘not fit for purpose’ and involves them in far more work”.

John Gill of Rossglass said “We believe that all renewable energy applications to be processed centrally in the regional headquarters of the planning service by properly qualified and trained personnel.”

Cllr Cadogan Enright concluded, “The meeting focused on our belief that the Down area planning office needed to address key management and organisational issues to effect behavioral change in the local planning office. We said that while we did not expect their current state of organisation to produce a decision within 8 weeks, at least they could tell us within this period if any further reports or information was likely to be required. It is also clear from some of our cases that have gone to appeal, that the local planners failed to consider important aspects of DDFFRE members cases in areas like wildlife, the environment and economics. We referenced new case law in N. Ireland on these issues and we were to brief the local planning team accordingly.’