Save the Dal Campaign Public Meeting – Saturday 7th March Marine Hotel Ballycastle 2.00pm

28 02 2015


Save the Dal Campaign Public Meeting – Saturday 7th March Marine Hotel Ballycastle 2.00pm

Save the Dal

  • Campaign Update
  • Feedback from Moyle Council meeting with NHSCT
  • MS Respite – from a carer’s perspective
  • Guest Speaker: Dr Gavin McDonnell  a consultant neurologist who is a specialist in Multiple Sclerosis will deliver a talk on the importance of Respite for MS patients and patients with other neurological conditions.

 Please make every effort to attend


Cunningham welcomes expansion of digital radio coverage

20 02 2015

 ballycastle_forest Transmitter

Commenting on proposals for the upgrade and improvement of the existing mast at Ballycastle Forest  for Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said

 “I welcome the proposal to make DAB radio services available in Ballycastle. The expansion of local digital radio coverage, will mean more people will receive their favourite local radio stations on DAB loud and clear giving listeners greater choice, digital quality and improved station selection.”

“The proposal involves the installation of 1no. new dipole antenna and 1no. 1.8m diameter satellite dish on the existing telecommunications mast. The proposal also includes installing a new equipment cabin (1.5m by 2.4m) at ground level

Proposed Social Housing at Leyland Road/ Leyland Heights

18 02 2015

Leyland Heights

FOLD Housing Association plan to develop a social housing scheme of 31 units at the above location.

The social housing dwelling mix for the new build units is as follows

  • 2  x wheelchair bungalows
  • 4 x 1 bedroom apartments (general needs)
  • 17 x  2 bedroom houses
  • 8 x 3 bedroom houses

31 units in Total

A community information evening has been arranged for Wednesday 25th February 2015 between 5.30pm and 6.45pmin the McAllister Hall Moyle Road. This will be an opportunity for local residents and interested parties to discuss the scheme .


Road Traffic Bill will save lives

18 02 2015


SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has asserted that the proposed Road Traffic Bill will save lives. Speaking in the Assembly chamber after introducing the bill, Mr Ramsey highlighted the various, safety, health and societal benefits to introducing the optional 20mph limit to residential areas.

Mr Ramsey said:  “This Bill is not simply about reducing speeds on local roads, it offers an opportunity for neighbourhoods to reclaim their streets, an opportunity for kids to play safely, and it is a fresh opportunity for us to build better communities at minimum cost for maximum return.

“In earlier consultations many of the key stakeholders baulked at the thought of a blanket reduction. This is something I have taken on board. This effort will not be successful if new limits are imposed rather we are seeking not a blanket ban, but a phased in, community requested, community led approach.

“Having undertaken a considerable amount of consultation I can report that the reaction to and support of this bill has been incredibly encouraging. District Councils across Northern Ireland, the PSNI and countless children’s charities and transport organisations have all voiced their support.

“This bill offers us a chance to improve safety, health, environmental factors and community benefits. This bill also has the potential to tackle obesity rates and improve community health due to increased rates of walking and cycling. If that doesn’t carry it past the threshold of worthwhile legislation than I wonder how high we’ve set the bar?

“Hull Council for example recorded a growth of six times the incidence of cycling after introducing 20mph zones. Edinburgh reports that their 20mph zones have the best air quality in Scotland bucking national and European trends. Evidence suggests that reduced acceleration and braking reduces fuel consumption and associated emissions.

“In 2014, a total of 79 prematurely bereaved families were forced to deal with the consequences of a fatal road collision. Road fatalities irrevocably change lives. There is no shying away from that. It is also true to say that they have financial implications to the economy. Department for Transport figures suggest this is as high as £1. 95 million per fatal collision.

“Traffic is the biggest cause of death following medical illness in children. Chief among the supporters of this bill are the NI charity PlayBoard. There is no higher value than life and I am in no doubt that the new lower limits will save lives. If we save one life with the passing of this bill then surely that is good legislation

Chairman’s Diary 16/02/15

18 02 2015


Ramsey meets with experts over speed limit reduction

12 02 2015
SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has met with child safety and play advocates ahead of the introduction of his Road Traffic Speed Limit Bill. Mr Ramsey described the meeting with Playboard NI officials as extremely valuable to the debate.
He said:  “I felt it was important that this debate is framed by informed opinions and built upon the best interests of those at risk in our society. The information provided by Susan and Jacqueline reaffirms why this Bill is a necessity.
“The truth is that a 30mph speed limit is not enough to protect those at risk on our roads. A collision at these speeds for pedestrians, particularly children and older people, can be fatal.
“Reducing the speed limit would not only reduce the damage of any impact but would also give drivers more time to react and prevent tragedy.
“The aim of this Bill is to return residential areas to their residents, keeping the streets safe for their children to play. We cannot afford to maintain the status quo.
“I would like to commend Playboard NI on the valuable contribution they have made to this Bill and for the work they carry out to support children and young people.”

One Sandwich short of a Genius

12 02 2015

Chairman’s Diary 02/02/15

8 02 2015


McKillop praises Road Service for work during snowstorms

1 02 2015
Snow Plough 2
SDLP East Antrim Westminster candidate Cllr Margaret Anne McKillop has written to Transport NI to thank their employees and local contractors who played a vital role in keeping the roads in the Glens passible where possible.

She said: “The recent snow storms greatly affected the Glens and if not for the sterling work of the employees of Transport NI and local contractors everything would have frozen to a standstill.

“On behalf of my constituents I informed Transport NI of the deep appreciation they have for those who were outside during the worst of the storms at considerable risk to themselves to ensure that essential traffic continued to move.

“We often take the services of Transport NI (Roads Service) for granted and indeed often complain when they don’t match our expectations.  However in recent days there has been nothing but praise for the work they did gritting and clearing snow off the roads to allow essential and emergency services to operate.