Sunday, 31 August 2014

Muir welcomes Planning Permission for Kinnegar Sewage Works

I have welcomed recent decision by the Department for the Environment to grant Planning Permission for planned works to eliminate ongoing sewage pollution problem and associated odour in the Kinnegar area, Holywood.

Decision to approve the Planning Application was presented to North Down Borough Council on Tuesday 19 August 2014 and now enables NI Water to proceed with necessary works.

Despite repeated assurances from NI Water planned work at Kinnegar to address the sewage problems has yet to commence. Again and again we have been promised action but to date no work has started. Work was first due to commence in 2012 but two years later nothing has happened. I am therefore glad that the Planning Application has finally been approved after being submitted in May 2013.

With an NI Water official recently informing me that if Planning Permission is given "we will be a position to start work early next month" I look forward to seeing machinery on site to address this long running saga which I have campaigned on since becoming a Councillor in 2010, securing £100,000 to identify the cause in 2010 and then over £3million to rectify.

After raising issue with Janez Poto─Źnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy MLA and NI Water officials everyone is aware of the importance of resolving the Kinnegar sewage pollution problem which Holywood residents have endured for far too long.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Bangor Culture success

I am profoundly grateful to the organisers of Bangor’s Open House Festival. Kieran Gilmore, Alison Gordon and many others associated with Open House have managed to organise a significant series of cultural events throughout the month of August which are creating a real positive atmosphere in a town yearning for change, revitalisation and a new sense of identity.

Last year I asked Council to support my request to establish a Culture Night in Bangor recognising the economic and social benefits derived and the success stories from other towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.

Council thankfully agreed to support my motion and with the commitment, passion and vision of Kieran, Alison, Council officers and others we now have an entire Culture Day planned on Saturday 23 August 2014. I hope many people will engage and enjoy the event which will feature live bands, street-art Busking, Open air tea dance, Open air stage, Record fair, Speciality street market, Craft bazaar and Creative Emporium, Campervan Jam and Street entertainment. Anyone wishing to get involved should email arts@northdown.gov.uk Full information on events taking place at http://www.openhousefestival.com/bangor-2014/bangor-culture-day.html 

With examples across Europe and beyond proving that open, diverse, accepting and culturally rich towns and cities thrive rather than merely survive it is my hope and passionate desire that the Open House Festival and Culture Day provide us with the springboard to revitalise Bangor and build a new prosperous town more and more people are proud to call home.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Muir congratulates McIlroy on another tremendous victory

I have congratulated local golfer Rory McIlroy on his victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. Rory will return to the top of the golfing world ranking.

I would like to congratulate Rory on yet another tremendous and hard fought victory. Rory is undoubtedly the best golfer in the world at the moment following this trophy and his Open Championship win, and his return to the top of the world ranking surely proves this to be true.

Everybody in Holywood and Northern Ireland is immensely proud of what Rory has achieved at such a young age. He is an outstanding ambassador for Northern Ireland and his continued success, along with that of Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, is a major boost to brand NI.

I am sure that we will see more success from Rory and I would like to wish him all the best for the future.