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sept 18 2013 DUP’s Jim Wells attacks local farmers, plus Cllr Enright & local MLAs for supporting local farmers

sept 18 a 2013 wind turbine wells by CadoganEnright
Jim Wells tries to play the ‘Tourist Card’ against local farmers – but ignores his own role in facilitating Tourism Trade-damaging flag flying in key tourist centres in Down

Disgracefully attempts to block local environmentally farmer Edward Carson form getting a replacement for his old wind turbine

july 24 2013 Cadogan Helps farmers lobby banks

july 24 2013 bankslendingfarmers by CadoganEnright

Cllr Cadogan Enright and John McCallister MLA help local farmers lobby Belfast Banks for a rational approach to lending for farm projects – and especially renewable energy projects where incomes are backed by ROC’s

Meeting officials at BoI Head Office in Belfast, the economic case was well made, and BoI officials agreed to send a delegation to Down District to meet with farmers to discuss their projects

13th Feb 2013 – working with the DUP to help farmers

Lecale farmers win DUP support at a meeting organised by Cllr Cadogan Enright

LOCAL FARMERS MEET NEW HEAD PLANNER

‘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.’

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.”

BALLYHORNAN FARMING FAMILY SUPPORTING COMMUNITY

Down Cllr Cadogan Enright has praised a Ballyhornan farming family for their pubic spirit and support for their local community.

L to R Patrica and Noel Curran, Cllr Cadogan Enright and John and Michael Trainor

L to R Patrica and Noel Curran, Cllr Cadogan Enright and John and Michael Trainor

L to R Patrica and Noel Curran, Cllr Cadogan Enright and John and Michael TrainorCllr Enright said “The Trainor family have generously offered to adjust the boundary of their property to facilitate the new Ballyhornan 3G pitch. They were also very supportive of the project though the planning stages and this did help us secure planning permission”.

Michael Trainor said “I can confirm on behalf of my family that we have seen the plans for the new 3G pitch and are delighted to be able to offer our support to this project. We believe that the land in question is already the property of the Ballyhornan Family Centre, and that the right of way between our two properties has been correctly delineated. If any adjustments to boundaries are needed along the new boundary, we would be pleased to make the necessary adjustment at no cost to the Ballyhornan Family Centre”.

Patricia Curran, Chairperson of the Ballyhornan Family Centre said, “we are most appreciative for the on-going support of the Trainor family, and this is the sort of ‘self-help’ that will make the regeneration of Ballyhornan as a whole a lot easier. The revenue from the 3G pitch will make a very valuable addition to our income and make the centre sustainable for the long term.”

Cllr Enright said that “I have been briefed on the latest situation on the 3G pitch and my understanding is the Ballyhornan 3G pitch project is in the process of being taken over by the Council’s  Recreation and Community Services. Council legal services are writing to the Ballyhornan Community Association’s solicitor to start the legal side of things which will allow Council to proceed with the project.”

“It is also my understanding the Ballyhornan 3G pitch is now also in the final stages of the Social Investment Fund decision process concerning the projects they will provide funding to. If the SIF funding is made to the Ballyhornan 3G it would speed up the process as all the funding would be in place, reducing Down Councils contribution to only requiring £25,000.”

“Its been a long road for the Ballyhornan Task Force getting the project this far, and it appears that we are finally approaching the finishing line” Concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright

Chris Hazzard MLA meets Lecale farmers to explore solutions to energy costs 16th Jan 2013

Chris Hazzard MLA meets Lecale farmers to explore solutions to energy costs 16th Jan 2013

Lecale farmers meet in Downpatrick Cricket Club to explore renewable energy options 12 12 2012

Lecale farmers meet in Downpatrick Cricket club to explore renewable enrgy options 12 12 2012

Lecale farmers investigate Anaerobic Digestion 12th DEC 2012

Lecale farmers investigate Anerobic Digestion 12th DEC 2012

Lecale farmers concerned at refusal of planning manger to meet 5th Dec 2012

Lecale farmers concerned at refusal of planning manger to meet 5th Dec 2012