Photograph shows Cllr Enright with retired Cllr Bill Corry near the Murlough Key beside Delamont Park.

DOWN Cllr Cadogan Enright welcomed the recent cancellation by council officials of the proposed pontoon in Delamont Park as a welcome, if late, admission that the project was always a non-starter.

Cllr Enright said, “Putting a pontoon across the mudflats is quite an impractical proposal for accessing Delamont Park. Its location would render it unusable for most of the time due to tidal reasons.”

Cllr Cadogan Enright continued, “Additionally this is an environmentally sensitive area and the council needs to start protecting, rather than continuing to develop on the key asset Down District has in the areas of special scientific interest within Strangford Lough.”

Councillor Enright pointed out that the old coal pier at the Murlough Quay is only two to three hundred metres away, within sight of the yacht club and could be much more usefully developed in a sustainable way, replenishing the historical character of the area.

“At the rates meeting earlier this year I opposed this development as a ‘Pontoon to Nowhere’, and I hope that we are now moving towards a more sustainable development of this area,” concluded Cllr Enright.