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COUNCILLOR ENRIGHT COLLECTS THOUSANDS OF LOCAL SIGNATURES FOR A&E CAMPAIGN

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.

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

FLOODING FROM TIDAL SURGE IN LECALE VILLAGES – week to January 8th

I found the response of Roads Service and Council to the tidal surge on Friday good in most Lecale Villages WITH 2 EXCEPTIONS
Examining  Storm Debris around houses in Coney Island before high tide1. The Roads Service would not help Coney Island as the road is deemed ‘private’ (this basically means the road is just a track) – the sea wall is partly breached in two places. So it seemed to me that the Council must protect ratepayers in Coney Island before going to the assistance of the Roads Service in other areas – but  they had no assistance on Friday from anyone.   Sadly when I phoned emergency duty manager  Michael Lipsett as the manager in charge of response, he  did not agree, so I have tabled the following NOTICE OF MOTION for the next Council meeting.

“That the Councils emergency plan for dealing with floods and other emergencies will be amended to deal with the protection of ratepayers in areas that other agencies are unable to provide assistance.

For instance Roads Service is unable to provide flood protection to Coney Island during tidal surges. It should therefore be the priority of the Council to ensure that these few areas be attended to first, before going to the assistance of other agencies.”

I spend several hours on Saturday trying to get some bags for Coney Island ahead of Sunday. As of 4pm today I had nothing but expressions of annoyance from the PSNI and the English-based help line that NI Councils were not answering their telephone numbers today ahead of Sundays surge. There were apparently many more like me seeking a few sandbags. I passed on my complaints and these other complaints to council management. Eventually on Saturday evening at 4.34 M Lipsett wrote out acknowledging these complaints and asking people to follow the councils ansafones directions.
In advance of Sunday, I have asked the council to give me sufficient sand bags to fill the two holes at Coney Island  – the first one would take 10 sand bags, and maybe 15 for the second one.
 
Cllr Enright delivering bags to the Riordan family -  Sandbags arrived a bit late in Strangford 2. Assistance arrived too late Strangford Village and several premises were left flooded out unnecessarily, and then the Roads Service lorry left too early leaving the Council lorry with too few sandbags to satisfy demand – presumably we can get the timings right on Sunday – I have contacted flood relief to make sure there is a more timely response here for the next 2 days especially Sunday.
 
Displaying Flooding over football fields in KilloughElsewhere, There were plenty of dramatic images with the football pitch at Killough being under water  and the bridge over Station Road between Killough and Ardglass being partly washed away on the Killough side
I was impressed with the Roads Service helping (in particular) Fishermans Row in Killough

1970’s style discrimination being challenged with help of NI21

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough - Maggie MacKenrey in centre

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough – Maggie MacKenrey in centre

The South East Education and Library Board are refusing to allow Irish speaking children in Ardglass and Killough to use the yellow bus network to take children to school in Downpatrick.

I spoke to the headmaster at Downpatrick Primary School, and he had no objection to the yellow bus service being shared if the SEELB make sure that there are seats for all. I had a similar case with Irish speaking secondary school students from Ballyhornan and Downpatrick being refused transport that I took to the High Court and won with the help of their school.

Parents were shocked when the SEELB transport spokesperson them that SEELB were ignoring the  High Court, and I am now bringing this to the attention of the Ombudsman with help from Unionist MLA  John McCallister as sponsor.

Johns role in sponsoring this complaint demonstrates once again why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the community – putting people first no matter who or what they are.

SEE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE HERE   and here too

Dec 4 2013 Ardglass and Killough parents seek equality

An astonishing case of 1970’s style discrimination against children between 4 to 11 years of age whose only crime is to speak Gaelic.

Unionist politician John McAllister has agreed to sponsor this case to the Civil Service Ombudsman, again demonstrating why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the Community

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

17th April 2013 NI Water fails Lecale Coast Tourism

17th April 2013 NI Water fails Lecale Coast Tourism by CadoganEnright
Contrary to all expectations, the new Ardglass sewerage scheme at Ardtole fails to deliver for the Lecale Coast in the same manner that NI Water delivered for the Gold Coast in North Down.

There was nothing in the plan for piping sewage from Ballyhornan, Chapeltown, Coney Island or from Killough – leaving Lecale in a development backwater and unable to deliver a proper Tourist Product

CLEANING UP THE LECALE COAST

Cllr Cadogan Enright at the Marine Reserve in Sheeplands on the Lecale Coast

Cllr Cadogan Enright at the Marine Reserve in Sheeplands on the Lecale Coast

Councillor Cadogan Enright who represents that Lecale Coast and Downpatrick Electoral area has welcomed todays announcement that Northern Ireland Water is finally proposing to undertake a £2.5 million programme of work to upgrade Ardglass Wastewater as part of its capital projects programme.

Councillor Enright said, “the delays in this project have damaged tourism in Ardglass and left waters off Ballyhornan in a deplorable state. The non-availability of sewage systems have prevented normal development of towns and villages along the Lecale Coast.”

“The two main causes of concern are the sewage works at Ardtole on the outskirts of Ardglass on the Western end of the Sheepland Road, and the discharge at Gunns Island off Ballyhornan  at the other end of the Sheepland Area Special Scientific Interest. Both these discharge effluent, that is illegal under EU law, into our local Marine Reserve.” Pointed out Cllr Cadogan Enright.

The Ardtole Treatment Works is located off the Sheepland Road on the outskirts of Ardglass village. Following the recent successful procurement of lands and completion of  assessment, the contract for the project has now been awarded and work is due to start on site in mid-April. Ahead of project commencement, an informal presentation will be made on the project by NI Water is carrying out on Friday 22nd at 11am in Ardglass Golf Club.

“I intend to be at the presentation both to support the project as vital to the future of Ardglass. But I will also attend as a member of the Ballyhornan Task Force to ensure that the piping of waste from Ballyhornan and Chapeltown is included in this project as we have been previously promised. This is an opportunity to clean up our water from Coney Island all the way up to Killard Point” concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright

killough sea wall success

killough sea wall success

ENRIGHT WELCOMES RAPID REACTION IN KILLOUGH

Cllr Cadogan Enright (centre) with local residents at the Sea Wall at Fishermans Row in Killough

Cllr Cadogan Enright (centre) with local residents at the Sea Wall at Fishermans Row in Killough

Councilor Cadogan Enright has welcomed the ‘rapid reaction’ of the Roads Service to photographs he supplied 2 weeks ago depicting major damage to the sea wall supporting Fisherman’ Row in Killough.

Cllr Enright said, “I must commend Roger Morgan of the Road Service in particular for coming out to see the damage and taking action to avoid the sort of collapse in the road we have previously seen at Fisherman’s Row. Since Seaview and Westpoint were built some years ago Fisherman’s Row has had a pressure of traffic that it was never built for.”

Local residents were delighted with that their concerns had been taken so seriously and the local Residents Chairperson Paul Maynes said “While the ongoing repairs are a great relief to us all it does not take away from the long-term need to provide adequate access to Seaview past the old Mill directly into the Village. This will both resolve the problem at Fisherman’s Row as well as create much better integration of the new estates into Killough. Local residents have been campaigning for 12 years to have something done about this.”

Cadogan Enright agreed and said, “Meetings have taken place with a Housing Association interested in the Old Mill to see if we can persuade them to undertake that development in a sustainable manner and in the interests of the Village of Killough as a whole, and we supplied them with over 200 signatures to support this appeal.”

“The addition of a footway around the base of the Sea Wall will make the latest shoring-up of the Sea-wall both more effective by preventing under-cutting, and create a better environment for local people. This work is expected to take a further 2 weeks assuming the weather permits”, continued Cllr Enright.

Cllr Cadogan Enright also thanked Council Chairman Dermot Curran for his assistance in this matter, saying “It was especially useful that he was able to support meetings I had organized with local people and the Roads Service and the Housing Association given his tight schedule this year as Chair of Council”.

Newspaper clipping shows photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright with Residents Association Chair Paul Maynes and resident Brendan Walsh