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Update on Badger Cull in England Autumn 2012 – Not likely to affect Ireland

From: Northern Ireland Badger Group [mailto:badgers@badgersni.org.uk
Sent:
 19 September 2012 12:33
Subject:
 Badger cull in England

Dear all

You are probably aware of the public opposition to the Coalition government’s controversial plans to cull several thousand badgers by free shooting in England. This proposal is flawed at every level and has attracted strong criticism from all sectors, including senior scientists involved in TB research and previous badger culls. There is broad consensus that cattle and badger vaccination is the only viable strategy to eliminate bovine TB in GB and Ireland.

TB stakeholders in Northern Ireland, including (to their great credit) farming and veterinary sectors, have agreed a trap-vaccinate-release/remove strategy. This means that no healthy badger will be killed here.

By contrast, it is expected that the vast majority of badgers shot in England (around 85%) will be perfectly healthy – only as few as 2% are estimated to be capable of transmitting TB.

There is currently an e-petition opposing this pointless slaughter herehttp://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257. I would urge you to support this and circulate it to others by email, Twitter, Facebook etc. This initiative is backed by the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPCA amongst other leading charity and campaign groups.

You can find more information here http://justdosomething.org.uk/ and here http://www.teambadger.org/, on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Badger-Trust/115007521865876, and Twitter https://twitter.com/badgertrust (#badgercull and #stopthecull).

The target needed for the petition to succeed is 100,000 signatures. As I write this, it has already achieved 54,679 – over half way.

The first cull licence has been issued by Natural England and badger shooting is expected to commence within days. At the moment, this petition is the only thing that can stop this happening. Please sign it, ask others to sign it, circulate it within your organisation and conservation contacts – please do what you can.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Best wishes

Mike 

Mike Rendle

Coordinator

Northern Ireland Badger Group

www.badgersni.org.uk

Twitter – @badgersni

Representing the Badger Trust in Northern Ireland

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

Storms Trigger Treasure Hunt in Chapeltown

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright and his son CadoganÓg with the mirror at Church Road in Chapeltown

Severe storms battered coastal areas in Down in April 2013, 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.

Councilor 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 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.