I am bringing the campaign to end the ongoing saga associated with 1 Stewart’s Place, Holywood to Ards and North Down Borough Council. The listed building partially collapsed on 21 July with nearby Bangor Road closed since then. The building has also remained exposed to the elements with no activity to effect repairs and get the busy road fully re-opened.
Residents, businesses and visitors to Holywood are rightly fed up with the Stewart’s Place saga. Four months after 1 Stewart’s Place partially collapsed the busy Bangor Road remains partially closed with vehicles forced to queue behind traffic lights before eventually being allowed to pass.
Whilst preferable to the complete closure which was endured over the Summer we cannot continue with a main arterial route partially blocked as the busy Christmas trading period approaches. With the building exposed to the elements a rodent infestation is also now under investigation, causing great angst for local residents who have suffered from the problems associated with this building for far too long. With the building’s owner still shamefully dragging their heels I have therefore submitted a Motion asking officers to report urgently on the matter and outline options for Council and other bodies to intervene and get the issue sorted without delay.
Motion submitted to Ards and North Down Borough Council “That this Council asks that officers urgently bring back a report on situation pertaining to 1 Stewart’s Place, Holywood and options available for statutory intervention to enable full re-opening of Bangor Road as soon as possible."
|With local Greenway Campaigner Louis O'Keefe|
I warmly welcome the announcement of £24,000 funding for 3 greenways projects in the Ards and North Down Council area after previously securing a number of improvements along the North Down Coastal Path and lobbying for further enhancements.
Greenways are a valuable resource for people who want to be active and enjoy our beautiful countryside. Greenways give the opportunity to get away from traffic and walk, run or cycle in a traffic free environment.
I welcome the announcement from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard that he will provide funding of £8000 for feasibility studies to explore improvements in each of the 3 greenways projects put forward by Ards and North Down Council. This is an important first step in rolling out a greenways network across Northern Ireland.
The 3 projects are; Comber to Newtownards greenway, Orlock Point to Donaghadee greenway and Orlock Point to Holywood Greenway, otherwise known as the North Down Coastal Path.
Enhancements previously secured following extensive lobbying and campaigning by myself are, for example, the new Boardwalk which replaced the steep steps at Seahill along the North Down Coastal Path and obtaining 24/7 access between the Kinnegar and Airport Road sectors linking Holywood and Belfast.