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STRANGFORD VILLAGE RESISTS MOVES BY COUNCIL ON VILLAGE GREEN

Strangford Village Community Association has hit out at Down Council attempting to redevelop Strangford Village Green without consulting with local people. Down Council intends to make permanent its unofficial conversion of the slipway area into a car park and to build a huge piece of public art in would then remain of the lower Green as well as other extensive works on the green using funds from the Down Rural Area Partnership (DRAP) for as part of their Mourne Coastal project.

Cllr Cadogan Enright (left) with Strangford Community Association Committee protest Down Council designs on village green

Cllr Cadogan Enright (left) with Strangford Community Association Committee protest Down Council designs on village green

Councilor Cadogan Enright has attempted to intervene and brokered a meeting last week between Mark Mohan representing Council management and the Village Association. Cllr Enright said “there were easy an obvious compromises where both sides could get what they want to the benefit of the village green. I was shocked when Mark Mohan later informed us on Friday night that the council Director concerned (Marie Ward) had refused to meet village committee representatives to work out a compromise”.

Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan said “Local people are appalled. To make matters worse Council officers are aware that the village committee were given substantial funding by the Down Rural Area Partnership (DRAP)  to consult with local people and develop an ‘Integrated Village Plan’ to reflect what local people would like to see in all areas of village life. This included having the Village Green as a shared space for all the community and tourists alike. Down Council however has decided to press ahead with its own plans, and intends to approach DRAP to fund these plans in defiance of the wishes of local people.

Association Treasurer Gary Laverty said Cllr Enright said, “ Strangford Community Association are writing to DRAP to urge the Rural Development office in Ards not to release the funds for the Strangford part of the Mournes Coastal scheme, as the basic requirement under the DRA P scheme for community consultation have not been met.”

Cadogan Enright said, “The slipway is almost the only public one left on this side of Strangford Lough. The Council has turned it into an unofficial carpark even though a Ferry carpark already exists. Both local people and tourists alike need somewhere to launch their boats. Not everyone is in a yacht club. I have photographs going back to the 50’s and 60’s  and before of the slipway.  This is part of the fabric of the village. This is going to turn into another ‘Strangford Fence’ campaign. We have only just finished fighting off DRD’s attempt to fence off New Quay, now we will have to fight off a new land-grab on a community space by the Council”.

Diarmuid Riordan agreed and said “A statue of Lenin would be more welcome in Kiev at the moment than Councils statue in the middle of our green. This is the heart of the village where the fairground, the community festival and the public life of the village takes place. If we have to have a statue, then there are 2 spaces in the upper green where they could be situated.”

The Village committee continues to demand a meeting with senior council management, and has vowed to resist any proposal inimical to the best interests of the lower green or Strangford Village as a whole.

Strangford Journalist speaks out on A and E

Marie Louise McCrory speaks for Strangford and for us all.

I collected A and E petitions in Strangford village all last week, getting the last of them from Fr McGrady at Stella Maris Church today.

Here are the views of one person who was in  Stella Maris Church

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

Dec 18 2013 Cadogan campaigns for social housing in Strangford Village

dec 18 2013 Cadogan campaigns for new social housing for young families in Strangford Village

dec 18 2013 Cadogan campaigns for new social housing for young families in Strangford Village

Cadogan is campaigning for Social Housing for young families in Strangford Village.

Local families are being priced out of the market by mostly Belfast based holiday homers. With lack of employment opportunities locally, may are emigrating.

Cadogans campaign is supported by St Joesephs Primary School and the Strangford Community Assoication

 

sept 18 2013 STRANGFORD VILLAGE VICTORY AT LAST

sept 18 2013 fence axed strangeford by CadoganEnright
Chairperson generously thanks Cllr Cadogan Enright and Margaret Ritchie MP for their support in winning the campaign

sept 11 2013 Cllr Cadogan Enright and Margaret Ritchie MP support Strangford Residents

sept 11 2013 cage strangeford welcome by CadoganEnright
Strong campaign reaps early result

sept 11 2013 Press Statement written by Cllr Enright for Strangford Residents Association

sept 11 2013 cage strangeford shelved by CadoganEnright
Press statement gets good coverage and is backed up by comments from Margaret Ritchie MP

aug 28 2013 Strangford Village Bottle Banks removed – Cllr Enright aims to get them back

aug 28 2013 recycling removed by CadoganEnright

Cadogan vows to win back the bottle banks for Strangford Village after DRD bureaucracy loses facility for the village

10th July Front Page support Cllr Enright and Strangford community in campaign

10th July Front Page support Cllr Enright and Strangford community in campaign Down Recorder has Cllr Cadogan Enright on the front page again highlighting irregularities, mistakes and untruths in the DRD planning application for a large cage in the public area of Strangford Town

26th June Recorder Front Page supports Campaign kicked off By Cllr Enright

26th June Recorder Front Page supports Campaign kicked off By Cllr EnrightFront page of Down Recorder supports campaign led by Cllr Cadogan Enright and members of Strangford Residents Association

If you want to see details then search for ‘Strangford’ on this website and get details of whole affair from special blog