The Boyne Bridge

Below is a copy of the letter I today sent to the Editor of The County Down Spectator

Dear Editor

I write in relation to the ongoing saga concerning The Boyne Bridge.

In times of economic hardship I am amazed that Cllr Easton feels that spending money erecting signage bearing useless information is a priority.

I do not dispute that the bridge over the railway line on the Brunswick Road is, according to Ordnance Survey, named as The Boyne Bridge.

I do however dispute the reasons why Cllr Easton is pursuing his campaign for the Roads Service to erect signage on the bridge denoting its name.

It has been contended that the attempt to erect signage on The Boyne Bridge is a simple technical matter devoid of any political motivation.

Many bridges exist across North Down which don’t have signage denoting their name. I therefore contend that Cllr Easton has focused on The Boyne Bridge merely because of its name and all that The Battle of Boyne means.

To state that the focus on The Boyne Bridge is innocent and purely co-incidental insults the intelligence of most people.

The Battle of the Boyne was fought in 1690. 318 years later I suggest that Cllr Easton and his colleagues focus on the real issues facing North Down residents rather than shamefully appealing to jingoistic concerns.

Cllr Easton should stop fighting ancient battles and instead focus on building bridges with all sections of the community across North Down.

2 December 2008