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STRANGFORD VILLAGE RESISTS MOVES BY COUNCIL ON VILLAGE GREEN

 Press Release by Cllr CADOGAN ENRIGHT  on behalf of Strangford Community Association

Strangford Village Community Association met Friday afternoon to consider compromise proposals from Council over the re-development of the lower village green abutting the slipway in the centre of the village.

examining plans at Stranford Village Green,  Cllr Cadogan Enright on the Lower Green by the slipway. Village committee Chair Diarmuid Riordan is right and treasurer Gary Laverty is left.

examining plans at Stranford Village Green, Cllr Cadogan Enright on the Lower Green by the slipway. Village committee Chair Diarmuid Riordan is right and treasurer Gary Laverty is left.

This followed a meeting of local Councillors at Down District Council on Wednesday afternoon, where Councilor Cadogan Enright was delegated to meet with the Community Association and see if a compromise could be found between the community’s DRAP-funded Strangford Village Plan and the plans put forward by Council management for the lower green area.

Councillor Enright said, “It was clear that the latest proposals from Council are not even beginning to reflect the Strangford Village Plan that was formulated by local people with the help of the Down Rural Area Partnership.  Councils’ Mournes Coastal Route tourist initiative basically seeks to turn most of the lower green into an ornamental space like the upper green”.

Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan said “The lower village green is a recreational space for locals and tourists alike. It needs to be preserved for the Village Festival or the funfair or cinema, and for continuing the tradition of launching little boats, or for a safe children’s ‘paddling area’. Council’s so-called ‘Mournes Coastal Route’ can only benefit from such common sense, making our village green a far more attractive space for visitors than just another car-park. We already have an ornamental space at the upper green, we don’t need a second one.”

Community Association treasurer Gary Laverty said “We hope that the current negotiations being brokered between Council and Strangford villagers achieves success. The latest Council compromise diagram simply removes the formalisation of car-parking in place of illegal parking on the green. This is not enough of a concession – the community needs the maximum amount of green space for the lower green to facilitate its traditional purposes – and the purpose envisaged in the Strangford Village Plan – i.e. being the beating heart of the local community.”

Councillor Enright said “Council management declined last week to meet with village representatives, and sought a meeting instead with local councillors to review the revised plans. I know that Strangford Community Association village committee continues to demand a meeting with senior council management. I believe that local Councillors  will have to instruct Council management meet with local people and reflect their needs. It will only help tourism as the village plan was well thought out. I have written to my fellow councilors outlining compromise proposals from the community association meeting on Friday. Hopefully Councillors will ensure that Council Management will see sense, and this issue can be finally laid to rest to the satisfaction of all”.

aug 21 2013 DRD Cllr Cadogan Enright exposes Strangford Village fences as unnecessary

aug 21 2013 DRD memo fences strangeford by CadoganEnright

This article discusses the internal DRD memo where the entire project is exposed as a sham and a guileless attempt to steal a public asset from the people of Strangford Village.

The internal memo was published by Cllr Cadogan Enright

aug 21 2013 Cadogan Exposes DRD over Strangford Village Fences

aug 21 2013 editorial fence strangeford by CadoganEnright

Following the discovery and publication by Cllr Cadogan Enright of an internal DRD memo, the entire project is exposed as a sham and a guileless attempt to steal a public asset from the people of Strangford Village.

The Down Recorder Editorial this week hits the nail on the head.

COMMUNITY SPACE AT QUAY IN STRANGFORD UNDER THREAT FROM DRD

Since sending in the press statement below, new Information has been obtained as to why DRD are attempting to cut the people of Strangford off from the only access they have to deep water on the Quay  click here to see all background information on this application 

PRESS STATEMENT.

L to R Brendan Kerr (Festival Committee), Cllr Cadogan Enright,   Dairmuid Riordan (Chair of Strangford Community Association), Frank Sadler and Brian Riordan , AT THE QUAY WHERE THE DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED

L to R Brendan Kerr (Festival Committee), Cllr Cadogan Enright, Dairmuid Riordan (Chair of Strangford Community Association), Frank Sadler and Brian Riordan , AT THE QUAY WHERE THE DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED

Cllr Cadogan Enright has hit out at DRD’s attempt to fence off New Quay in Strangford, following a meeting with members of the Villages community association.

Cllr Enright said “There appears to be a presumption in the application that DRD can ride roughshod over the long-standing use of the Quay by the community in Strangford with no explanation as to the purpose of preventing the community accessing the facilities at New Quay as they have done since time immemorial.”

Strangford Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan said “Planning applications require details of the proposed development, including purpose for which the land/buildings are to be used. The form states that ‘It is vital that a full and accurate description of the proposal is provided. Give as much detail as possible’. But no details are given other than a description of the ugly black fence. I.E. ‘New 1.8m high Ibex fence with new pedestrian on slipbolt gate and new pedestrian keypad gate.2no 3m wide vehicular access gates‘.”

Strangford Festival committee member Brenda Kerr said “This application is located at New Quay which is part of a designated Conservation Area. New Quay is shown in the Strangford Conservation Area Booklet published by the Department of the Environment in September 1985. It is manifestly obvious that this proposed development meets none of the mandatory criteria for developing in a conservation area. We are calling for local people to make themselves aware of what is proposed and consider objecting.”

Councillor Cadogan Enright agreed and said “Houses along Quay Road would be ‘hemmed in’ by such a development. This proposal is alien to residents in the village, and a damaging attack on the local Tourist industry. This proposed division of The Quay represents a loss to the community of Strangford and its visitors and tourists, a loss of which would be detrimental to the life and prosperity of the village.”

“Over the course of any weekend local people and tourists can be observed on New Quay fishing, picnicking, walking, sitting and viewing, photographing, painting, and accessing their boats. The current proposal is a heavy handed solution to an unknown problem, and is probably aimed at setting aside this part of the Quay as a secure compound for other uses than exist at present. Strong suspicions exist in Strangford that DRD is cooperating with interests that see benefit in a long-standing valuable community asset being converted to a private asset by stealth.” Concluded Cllr Enright.

Notes to Editor

Attached is a photograph of from the left Brendan Kerr (Strangford Festival Committee), Cllr Cadogan Enright,    Dairmuid Riordan (Chair of Strangford Community Association), Frank Sadler and Brian Riordan

For more information contact Cllr Enright on 07590462329

Contact chair of Strangford Community Association; Diarmuid Riordan 07816868019

Festival Committee Brendan Kerr 07863900138

Department policy on new development in a Conservation Area states ‘The Department will normally only permit development proposals for new buildings , alterations, extensions and changes of use in , or which impact on the setting of, a conservation area where ALL the following criteria are met:

(a) the development preserves or enhances the character and appearance of the area;

(b) the development is in sympathy with the characteristic built form of the area;

(c) the scale , form , materials and detailing of the development respects the characteristics of adjoining buildings in the area;

(d) the development does not result in environmental problems such as noise , nuisance or disturbance which would be detrimental to the particular character of the area;

(e) important views within , into and out of the area are protected;

(f) landscape features contributing to the character or appearance of the area are protected and conforms with the guidance set out in conservation area documents.