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oct 30 2013 Raholp Meets Road Service Manager

oct 30 2013 Raholp road concerns by CadoganEnright
Cllr Cadogan Enright organises visit from Road Service management to Raholp and Saul.

Survey by Bannighan Road residents presented to ‘Forward Planning Manager’ on connection down to main St Patrick Road in Raholp

3rd July Down Recorder gives Cllr Enright a platform to call out Roads Service

3rd July Down Recorder gives Cllr Enright a platform to call out Roads Service Down Recorder gives public platform to Cllr Cadogan Enright to challenge Roads Service

He highlights misinformation in last weeks paper AND their failure not only to deliver for Down District over 5 or 6 years, but also their failure to be able to even answer the most basic questions about their work in the District


Sent: 26 March 2013 13:09
To: Kennedy, Danny


Dear Minister Kennedy,


I am writing to you on behalf of the Ballyhornan Task Force to follow up on your visit to us in Ballyhornan as Minister for Regional Development on the 17 November 2011 last.

You met with us both here on the old RAF base and in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on 3 December 2012 to further  discuss the Ballyhornan issues.

During these meetings there was common agreement on the need for departments to work together to successfully address issues around Roads and other infrastructure on the old RAF bases and surroundings.

We would like to alert you to an opportunity that has presented itself for this to happen.

Northern Ireland Water are about to commence work on the long  awaited new sewage screen work at Ballyhornan which will include digging up the whole of Killard Road and its subsequent resurfacing. This is the key road in Ballyhornan that the Roads Service have not been able to adopt since it was abandoned by the RAF

It has been brought to my notice the reinstatement work will not quite bring this section of road up to the standard required by Roads Service to allow them  to adopt it. The opportunity exists for Roads Service to work closely with Northern Ireland Water to ensure this section of road can be adopted with a considerable reduction in costs to your department.

I would ask you to ensure your officials take the required action to ensure this opportunity is seized and delivered ensuring the efficient use of department’s budgets and more importantly helping to address the issues in this area.’

We appreciate your continued support in dealing with the major infrastructure issues that exist in Ballyhornan and surround areas.

Councillor Cadogan Enright
Down District Council

APRIL 2013 Letter to the Editor on Roads SDLP letting Downpatrick down


I am greatly disappointed that an SDLP councillor has broken ranks with the cross-party Roads Task Force so early in the process of trying to ease congestion and facilitate jobs growth in the Downpatrick area. We cannot afford to replace practical plans to resolve these problems with vague platitudes and exhortations.

If Cllr Sharvin does not agree his fellow councillors advancing the conclusions of all the professional studies and plans commissioned to deal with these problems, he must at least advance alternatives to solving the congestion problem. Given the lack of Roads Service support for the town, any divisions on our own plans could be fatal.

The context of what we are trying to do is clear. Under the Ards Down Area plan 2015 Downpatrick is designated as a key sub-regional centre with the aspiration to support a critical mass of population of up to 25,000. But we are constrained by our roads system.

  • The road networks in the town centre converge at the constrained Arts Centre junction of Market Street, Irish Street, Scotch Street, English Street and Church Street. Market Street, St Patricks Avenue and Irish Street function both the commercial centre of the town as well as local distributors for traffic to and from residential and commercial areas of Downpatrick.
  • The layout of the junction at Market Street/Irish Street makes the movements of large vehicles particularly challenging.
  • The A25 main through route includes Belfast Road, Church Street and Market Street. Links from Irish Street and Saint Patricks Avenue also act as distributor roads for a wide range of towns and villages to the South from Ballyhornan to Ardglass to Killough.
  • However the capacity of roads in the Town Centre has not changed since the days of the horse and cart.

Through and local traffic, parking, carrying HGV’s and Translink buses all have specific demands on the street and the combinations of demand contribute to congestion.

The Ards/Down Area Plan and the Masterplan envisages an Eastern Bypass to serve new industrial and employment centres to the South of the Town. The Department of Social Development’s Masterplan for Downpatrick also reflects this, along with a Southern Relief Road around the edge of Dunleath Park and ‘New Street’ to take through traffic away from the congested centre. These conclusions were also supported by JMP Consultants Transport Proposals Report for DSD June 2010 and the Ferguson and McIlveen Development Plan for Downpatrick 2006 commissioned by Council itself.

The recent transfer of the Council and other offices to the new Downshire Public Sector Campus on the Ardglass Road has further exacerbated the already congested nature of the town, particularly at peak times. Six improvements to junctions identified by Roads Service to Council over the last six years were to be in place to meet this major change in employment distribution in the town.

This situation has become so serious that late last year that myself and Cllrs Eamonn McConMidhe and Dermot Curran moved council to set up a cross-party ‘Roads Task Force’ to ensure that all political parties in the District combined their efforts jointly to focus on an agreed agenda for dealing with congestion and roads issues.

Roads Service has failed to advance any of the above.  Our Task Force has been endeavoring to elicit information on the status of these programs with a series of formal requests and FoI applications.

The land for Southern Relief Road from the Ardglass Road, around the back of the cinema and along the waste ground at the edge of Dunleath Park has the advantage of being owned and controlled by Council. Many studies have shown that when though traffic is removed from the congestion picture in any town, trading and commerce improves.

Given that our poor roads infrastructure has been used as a reason to prevent public sector jobs being located in the District, It behooves Cllr Sharvin to read the professional studies, and attend more of our meeting with the Roads Service to keep himself apprised of the realities on the ground.


Yours Etc

Cllr Cadogan Enright



Cllrs Curran and Enright at New Hospital

Cllrs Curran and Enright at New Hospital

Down Councillors Cadogan Enright and Dermot Curran have succeeded in establishing a cross-party sub-committee to campaign to retain and attract  public sector jobs in Downpatrick , and to address years of delays in resolving Roads congestion in the County Town including access to the new Downe  Hospital campus.

Cllr Enright said “At the Downpatrick/Lecale electoral area meeting last Thursday, we agreed to campaign on these key issues on a cross-party basis. Downpatrick is the only main hub within 20 miles of Belfast not to have benefited from significant investment to ease congestion, and the development of our ‘Public Sector Campus’ at the new Downe is being affected. The Downshire is unique amongst the 3 main hospitals in the South Eastern Trust area with an inadequate bus service.”

Cllr Curran said, “These issues are crucial to Downpatrick consolidating its role as a public sector jobs hub. At my last meeting as Council Chair in June, I put a motion on the need for the Chief Executive to develop a campaign to address the need to attract and protect public sector jobs following a series of negative announcements. I welcomed improving amendments from Cllr Enright at that time, and this cross-party proposal will give these campaigns teeth.”

Downpatrick area councillors committee chair Cllr Eamonn McConMidhe agreed and said “I welcome this proposal from Dermot and Cadogan. We are taking a similar approach here to our successful all-party Ballyhornan committee. The sub-committee will be empowered to invite our MP, our MLAs and all interested parties to play their role in the campaign as we have done for Ballyhornan. These issues are too important for party politics.”

Down Council Chief executive attended the meeting and supported the move. He has appointed senior council officer Gerry McBride to play the supporting and enabling role for these campaigns.

“The roads and public transport elements of this project are complex, involving the Roads Service, Translink, the Health Trust, emergency services and all the tenants at the new public sector campus at the Downeshire. Having a coordinated approach to public sector employment is no less complex. Since June, Council has sent Freedom of Information requests to all public sector bodies in NI questioning their approach to public sector employment in Down District over the last 5 years, and this is currently being complied to enable us to lobby effectively at Stormont up to and including the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers.”, Concluded Councillor Enright.

link to newscutting

Failure of Road Service road delays damage new public sector campus and hospital access

Failures of Road Service damage new public sector campus and hospital access

Cross Party Campaign to save jobs

Cross Party Campaign to save jobs