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27th March 2013 Councillors Demanding Litter Lout prosecuted

Despite photos, witness statements and maps – council officers refuse to prosecute


Councilor Cadogan Enright has supported a call from fellow Councilor Robert Burgess for a full report by management at next month’s Environment Committee on Council managements failure to take prosecutions for dumping at Downpatrick’s Heritage Railway system based on witness statements, photographs, maps and people willing to give evidence about the dumping.

From the Left Cllr Cadogan Enright, Tommy Mathers, John Wilson and Cllr Robert Burgess

From the Left Cllr Cadogan Enright, Tommy Mathers, John Wilson and Cllr Robert Burgess

Cllr Enright said, “We now believe that the situation has raised the whole attitude of the department as needing to be brought to committee for attention. The reluctance to prosecute, the apparent belief that patrolling is a substitute for prosecutions, and even the suggestion that patrolling itself is no use as staff wear high-vis uniforms so the dumpers will simply wait till they are out of sight. It almost sounds like this department are trying to do themselves out of a job.”

Cllr Burgess said “I have reviewed this correspondence and note that the department received witness statements from the then Chair of Down Railway accompanied by maps and photographs. The excuses for not pursuing this matter were quite unacceptable. When someone is prepared to write in with supporting materials like this they MUST be taken seriously.”

Cllr Burgess continued “I note that considerable effort was expended by railway representatives to provide the environmental department with the material to take action against the small group of repeat offenders who deposit such a large amount of litter in the car parking areas facing the railway on the right hand side.”

“I note that even at this late stage council officials could take action to trace these individuals, but seem to me making a new round of unacceptable excuses as to why they should not do so. I am insisting that action is now taken to trace the drivers of these vehicles.” Said Cllr Robert Burgess,

“We have a situation here where we know where the offending occurs, know when it occurs, we know several of the regular offenders and their cars of which we have photographs and we have witness statements. It is open for our staff to go down their most evenings and make prosecutions, or follow up on existing good witness statements. The solutions here are very obvious to Robert Burgess and I and we will be expecting answers at our next meeting.” Concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright


Councillors Cadogan Enright and Robert Burgess are threatening prosecutions on people who park up at Down Railway in the evenings and throw out fast food wrappings and drink cartons at one of Downs premier tourist attractions.

Railway director Neil Hamilton (left) with Cllrs Cadogan Enright and Robert Burgess

Railway director Neil Hamilton (left) with Cllrs Cadogan Enright and Robert Burgess

Cllr Burgess said “This problem is reaching epidemic proportions, and even though this area is cleaned in the mornings, it is back dirty again by evening. Down Railway is one of our key Tourist attractions and is being expanded and improved with help from the Council and other agencies.”

Cllr Enright agreed and said “Dumpers need to beware from now on. This location is now not only on the list for random checking on a daily basis by our enforcement officers, but will also be the subject of joint night-time patrols and monitoring by the PSNI and Environmental officers. Offenders will expect to pay £80 as a minimum, and prosecution though the court is also open to us. This dumping is going to stop.”

“There is going to be a crack-down”, said Cllr Burgess, “offenders will not be hard to trace as we will have their car registration numbers, so I would urge anyone who is thinking of driving into Downpatrick for a takeaway – to keep their rubbish until they get home or use one of the many Council-provided bins around the town”.

The Council, railway volunteers, the lottery and many government agencies have worked to deliver what is N.Irelands only working heritage railway. It has greatly expanded in the last year, with a huge new carriage museum, workshops and is in the throes of re-laying much of its existing tracks before its next big event on St Patricks day. This will make room for rapid expansion at a later date. A new entrance area is also being constructed to what is a working museum, and one of the jewels of Downpatrick.

Both Councillors help out at the railway on a volunteer basis, they invited people of all ages to volunteer – saying that there are a wide range of skills required from manual labour, operating heavy machinery, carpentry, engineering, administration, on the internet and in the museums and shop. There are 13 different teams of people working away throughout the week, and there were roles for people of every age and ability. See www.downrail.co.uk/join.htm