Support for Glens Community Firestation

10 03 2013

Cushendall Firestation

Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham gave their full backing to calls for a new community fire station in Cushendall. Speaking after attending a public meeting in the village, they said

“We will be pushing the NIFRS Corporate Management team to approve a “Full Business Case” for a new community fire station in Cushendall, so that the required Capital Programme funding can be secured from the Department”

Glens of Antrim Councillor McCambridge said “Since 1989 Cushendall firefighters have provided invaluable 24 hour emergency cover for the local community from what was always meant to be a temporary structure.  With an average call out rate of 130 calls per year, the firefighters have proven themselves to be a key emergency service for the Glens of Antrim.  It is imperative that they are provided with the facilities they deserve.”

Despite indicating that Ballycastle were campaigning to see progress for their own Community Fire Station Councillor Dónal Cunningham assured the Glens meeting of the 100% support from the Ballycastle community.

“Ballycastle has had a full business case approved for the construction of a new build at a capital cost of £2.62 million which would replace Ballycastle fire station. Outline planning permission has been approved for a new site; however we are yet to see any progress due to a lack of capital funding to take the project forward.  That said we recognise the pressing need for a new station in Cushendall and are happy to throw our weight behind both campaigns”

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Make Moyle the Arts and Crafts centre of the North

15 09 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham has called for local based artists and craftspeople to link up in a bid to further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.

Councillor Cunningham said: “We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more. Many have already come together for the Ballycastle Community Markets but I believe there is still a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens to sample art and craft.

Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.

“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career.”

No need to rush into National Park designation

11 09 2012

Acknowledging the fact no enabling legislation has been enacted for the designation of National Parks, Moyle SDLP Councillors Dónal Cunningham and Catherine McCambridge have nevertheless urged the DOE not to rush into any designation particularly in relation to the Glens of Antrim and the CausewayCoast.

The Glens of Antrim and CausewayCoast area are already amongst the most protected natural environments. Designations include AONB(Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), ASSI (Area of Special Scientific Interest), WHS (World Heritage Site), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) as well as Conservation Towns and Villages, all of which serve  to conserve natural beauty – which by statute includes wildlife, physiographic features and cultural heritage as well as the more conventional concepts of landscape and scenery

Moyle Council has been proactive in improving sustainable tourism and access to the natural environment; at this stage it is not clear what improvements, if any, National Park designation would bring.

Action demanded after Cushendall swamped again by flash floods

28 06 2012

SDLP Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham are calling for urgent effective action to be taken by DARD, Rivers Agency, and DRD Roads Service in Cushendall and the Glens of Antrim to address the recurring flooding issue.

“Since 2007 we have had various DRD and DARD Ministers coming to the Glens to talk to locals and to pose for photographs with their umbrellas and Wellington boots.
“People in the Glens require action and both Departments have failed to provide it, people are fed up with empty promises and ineffective action.
“Every time it rains heavily, residents here live in fear of flooding.
“It is simply not enough for DRD and DARD Ministers to meet with people and make empty promises. They must deliver.”

Moyle Council supports “Heart of the Glens” landscape partnership programme

30 10 2011

Moyle District Council voted to support the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust’s project to conserve and celebrate the unique landscape of the Antrim Glens.

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said “The Glens of Antrim contain some of Ireland’s most stunning and
beautiful landscapes , I am delighted to support the plans to conserve and celebrate the unique natural and cultural heritage of the area”. CCGHT’s Helen Noble presented to Council an outline of the outreach and educational activities at the heart of the proposals, the project will reconnect the local community and visitors to the area with the landscape to secure its habitats and traditional features for generations to come.

Landscape Partnerships act as a catalyst to bring organisations and communities together to form partnerships that create a shared vision for the conservation and management of our landscape heritage, enabling people to tackle the heritage needs of their local landscapes in a co-ordinated and effective way. The Heart of the Glens scheme involves a portfolio of individual projects that deliver long-term social, economic and environmental benefits for the area.

The Glens of Antrim consist of nine spectacular glens on the Antrim Coast which run down to the dramatic cliffs, headlands and bays of the rocky North Channel coastline. The area is one of high scenic value, important habitats and vigorous community life. It is a popular tourist destination thanks to its distinctive farmsteads known as Clachans and traditional field patterns. The four coastal villages of Glenarm, Cushendall, Cushendun and Carnlough alongside the town of Ballycastle, all designated Conservation Areas, are home to the majority of the population of the Glens and each has its own distinct relationship with the glens.

The five year Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership will conserve and maintain the special landscape character of the area and re-enforce the relationship between people and place through a series of individual projects. The rich natural heritage of the area will be conserved through a series of schemes to manage the woodland, conserve the red squirrel and improve the condition of the upland blanket bog habitat. Built heritage projects will include the survey and restoration of selected archaeological sites and heritage features such as the dry stone walls of the ladder farms.

The Landscape Partnership will reconnect the Glens community to the glens landscape through a series of events and activities such as a public art competition, food festival and exhibitions and talks. Working in partnership with local businesses and other organisations with an interest in the area, a number of learning and training opportunities will be offered on subjects as diverse as sustainable fishing and farming practices, hedge laying and whitewashing traditional buildings or traditional music and sport.

The Nine Glens of Antrim are
Glenarm – The glen of the army, the village of Glenarm is on the famous Antrim Coast.
Glencloy – The glen of the hedges, two miles north of Glenarm, with the village of Carnlough at its foot.
Glenariff – The arable or fertile glen, the best-known of the nine as the ‘Queen of the Glens’, sweeps majestically towards the village of Waterfoot.
Glenballyemon – Edwardstown glen, at the foot of which is Cushendall – more of less at the centre of the nine glens.
Glenaan – The glen of the colt’s foot or rush lights, a rugged glen – having the site of the legendary Ossian’s grave, on the Cushendall-Ballymoney mountain road.
Glencorp – The glen of the slaughtered, close by Glenaan and roughly parallel to the main road from Cushendall to Cushendun.
Glendun – The glen of the brown river, adjacent to Cushendun village; spanned by a viaduct on the main Cushendall-Ballycastle road.
Glenshesk – The sedgy glen, east of the town of Ballycastle, and sweeping towards the ruins of historical Bonamargy friary.
Glentaisie – Named after ‘Taisie’, princess of Rathlin Island, roughly west of Ballycastle and, like Glenshesk, close to the town.