SUSPECT DEVICE!! 20,000 P45’S DISCOVERED IN CUSHENDUN

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PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

No support exists in Ballycastle or the Glens of Antrim for violence. No bomb was discovered in Cushendun despite widespread media coverage to the contrary. SF the sdlp and the psni need to get off the community’s back in Ballycastle and the Glens.

The local community are demanding answers –
  • Why won’t police say what was discovered?
  • Why all the ‘cloak & dagger’?
  • Why is local constitutional nationalists attempting to frighten and criminalise the community in the Glens of Antrim?
  • Why are politicans reporting a bomb find in Cushendun yet no evidence of a bomb ever existed?
DESPERATE SF/SDLP using ‘dissident bogeyman’ to remove attention from their commitments to Tory Welfare

What sf & the sdlp failed to learn from last year’s incident in Ballycastle was no bomb existed there either.  In March of 2015, A vulnerable gentleman within the community told police he was going to leave a device at the police station in Ballycastle. A hoax operation, manipulated for widespread media coverage all over Ireland, reported ‘a viable explosive device’ in Ballycastle. Two army bomb disposal teams and a controlled explosion helped add to the theatrics.

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PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

Every politician within Nationalism locally attempted to paint the picture that we had ‘evil dissident bogeymen’ within our midst in the Glens. After investigating, the PSNI Press Office relented and admitted the bomb was a half bottle of petrol lying in the middle of a concrete yard. What purpose did the reporting serve? More importantly, what damage was inflicted on the reputation of the people of Ballycastle and the Glens? Last weekend’s ‘discovery in Cushendun was likewise.

What is not beyond doubt-  These two parties need to remove attention from their commitments to 20,000 job cuts, their implementation of Tory Welfare reforms, their attacks on the poor and vulnerable, and their continued commitment to sectarian based politics.

The combination of MI5/PSNI attempts at manipulation of our media coupled to ‘willing lemmings’ in sf/sdlp ensures the truth is the first casualty. Tory controlled constitutional nationalism must abstain from making cheap political capital on the backs of the local community in the Glens of Antrim.

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PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

No violent Republicanism exists in the Glens of Antrim but rising opposition to the Executive’s pro Tory austerity agenda is beginning to evidence itself. The incidents attempting to highlight the former seem like an attempt to obscure the later. -Cllr Padraig McShane
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Why Dungiven Matters to Ballycastle & The Glens

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If the new facilities were developed in Dungiven, it would reduce revenue (annual year on year) costs by £70,000 for the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council. That is £70,000 saved each year, largely due to energy efficiencies found in new construction methods. To put it in context. That is £70,000 per year over the lifetime of the centre, taken at an average 40 years. That equates to £2.8million saving for the rate payer in the district – less the £350,000 initial capital investment. I can not stress this enough.
What is holding back Dungiven is equally holding back development in Cushendall, the Glens, Ballycastle and Loughgiel. Each an area of historical inequality and underinvestment. 
The reality for the new government authority is plain. If they wish to invest to enhance community and sporting facilities, they are obliged to do so in Nationalist and Republican areas where that historic inequality will require a generation of investment to balance out with those Councils who delivered for one section of the community. The stats are backed up by countless workshops and research done within and outwith the Council.
For the Glens Ward (Rathlin Ballycastle Loughgiel Waterfoot Cushendun Cushendall) inequalities to be addressed, it is vitally important that a common sense and business like approach is taken to Dungiven to release additional capital for the future. Other more unpalatable avenues are open to us as Councillors to raise funds should sectarianism continue to be the final arbitrator.
I was pleased to be asked to speak at the debate on Dungiven sports facilities last night in the County Derry town.
At the public meeting, those Unionists opposed to investing in Dungiven give no logically compelling, deeply informed or rational reason for blocking a perfectly sensible business case. That speaks for itself.

Stormont Collapse of Less Concern to people in Glens than 11 Sectarian Bantustans

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The local media’s manufactured horror that accompanies the imminent collapse of Stormont assumes that is strong and forward thinking with inbuilt protections for minorities. Stormont is based on a sectarian head count and has never been found wanting when it comes to ineptitude. Paralysis in anything remotely close to progression and lack of accountability are the corner stones. Some examples for the former include Irish language act, academic selection, anti-poverty strategy while the latter can be summed up in Red Sky, members office expenses, hate speech against minorities and £1 land deals. Both are neither exclusive or exhaustive lists……. If Stormont collapses 11 Batustans will not replace the titular powers doled out by Stormont. The squabble camps have different strands yet comparable powers to Stormont. (Extremely little) The Tories will implement their will without the need to do so indirectly though its political creche in Belfast.

In the Causeway Coast & Glens the local conclave has already implemented several far reaching and important policies. Several members now want to be addressed as Aldermen! Goes with the Borough Status they bestowed upon themselves. Essentially what that means, you tip your hat a little lower to these enlightened individuals. Equality is now guaranteed with everyone now allowed to have a Union Flag flown from any lamp post they piss upon. And of course, the British Army are to be held in honor most high with special programs being implemented to ensure no ridicule is bestowed upon them and they receive favorable treatment from any publicly funded body in the new Borough.

Finally in CC&Gs attempts are being made to hang political representatives for the wearing of the green. Whoopeeeeeeeee

Tourism/Leisure Facility Update

Artists Impression of Leisure Facility in Ballycastle

Artists Impression of Leisure Facility in Ballycastle

“A Tourism and Leisure facility in Ballycastle is now inevitable and construction should begin in the 2016/17 financial year”.

The prediction comes from Independent Councillor Padraig McShane who recently secured £350,000 to help develop 3g artificial grass pitches in Ballycastle and Cushendall.
Following a favorable report by consultancy firm, Strategic Leisure, which indicated a solid business plan coupled with a case of need Councillor McShane in 2012 proposed;
 
“That Council prepares a robust case for the development of the Tourism, Leisure Facility for the Moyle Area to be put forward to the Transition Committee for consideration”.
 
The Councillor who continues to spearhead a campaign to develop the centre said;
“The decision by Moyle to support my request to update the feasibility study this year is an important step. Design and planning will follow in the 2015/16 financial year with building commencing the year after.

3G surfaces earmarked for Cushendall & Ballycastle

3G surfaces earmarked for Cushendall & Ballycastle

“Concerns have been raised about cost which has been used to block the project in the past. The obstacle has been overcome and we can build and maintain the Tourism/Leisure centre for an additional 1% on the rates of the new super council. Given that our rates in Moyle could drop by as much as 15%, we could not only have this facility but a substantially reduced rates bill.
“We must remember this type of facility is taken for granted in every other Council area in the North”.
When asked how he could ensure any future Super Council would proceed with the development Councillor Padraig McShane said;
“The case of need alongside the feasibility study has already been established. It is now a statutory requirement for the super council. The only real reason why it could refuse to develop a centre is on the grounds of affordability. Our work over the last number of years has proved  the centre is affordable. Should a future super council refuse to develop it they will inevitably find themselves answerable to a judicial review. The Tourism/Leisure facility will therefore be developed”.
Speaking on his work being debated in Stormont Councillor McShane added;
“Failure is an orphan while success will  have many fathers. The heavy lifting on this project has been completed by Moyle District Council over the last number of years. Given the project is on a successful trajectory, others will undoubtedly wish to attach themselves to that success. I welcome it eventually reached Stormont but surrounding that debate is a few unpalatable facts.
“The project is seven years old yet only when success is presenting itself do MLA’s bring it to the floor. It seems no local MLA was aware of the facts of the Strategic Leisure research in addition to the tourism section of the proposals.  Undoubtedly the most confusing aspect of the question about Leisure provision in Moyle was that it was asked of the DOE Minister. One would have thought it would have been more appropriate to ask the Minister responsible for Leisure.”

Planning Hurdle for New Hotel Overcome.

116 Bedroom Hotel, Ballycastle

116 Bedroom Hotel, Ballycastle

The Minister for the Environment has confirmed that a new hotel development in Ballycastle will not have to go through the full planning process again.

There had been fears it would be subject to re-evaluation on the insistence of the local planning office, after the plans were altered to include a further 16 bedrooms. Confirmation that this would not be the case came in the form of a letter to Independent Councillor Padraig McShane.

He had written to the the Minister objecting to the need for a new planning application.
In response, Minister Attwood said:

“I acknowledge the site has the benefit of a live planning approval and accordingly do not consider the alterations to the proposed scheme to be material within the overall scheme.

“The submission of a formal planning application is therefore not necessary.”

Welcoming the Minister’s input, Councillor Mc Shane said:”Time is of the essence and I welcome the intervention of the Minister following my letter.

 “The entire project is with Invest NI who has before them a comprehensive and extensive Business case for several months now. “Invest NI must match their past affirmation to support the tourist sector. A commitment to job creation in the Ballycastle area was a past promise by the body who offered no other major source of employment to the area. “If the private sector is showing major commitment, then Invest NI must be prepared to match it.”

Job creationWhen asked for more details on job creation, Councillor McShane said:

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Artists Impression Lobby

“To service a hotel of this size will require a minimum staff compliment of 90 people. “In addition the hard pressed building sector could see many local jobs created for the duration of the construction phase.
“But it is the by-product of having both The Marine Hotel and the Whitepark Hotel in operation that will have a major effect on the region.
“If we create a destination from our natural tourism product locally, and Ballycastle and the Glens become that destination, not only will other accommodation providers reap significant benefits across the sector, the derivative will also be additional jobs.
“If the Marine and Whitepark hotels were to open tomorrow, an additional 125 wage packets could be generated in the area. “Compounding those figures, additional footfall in the locality plus additional spend from visitors creates a superior economy for the region. It is this simple scale of economy that Invest NI must be pressed on.

 

Diesel Thieves Cause £150,000 Damage At Glendun

£150,000 Forwarder Machine destroyed by Diesel Thieves

£150,000 Forwarder Machine destroyed by Diesel Thieves

A ‘Forwarder Machine’used to extract logs has been burnt out at Sleiveanorra Forest on the Glendun Road, Cushendun, Co Antrim. The vehicle belonged to a private contractor and was burnt out between Thursday night and Friday morning. Cushendall Fire Service was tasked to the scene after the alarm was raised early on Friday.

Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane condemned what he described as ‘A spate of recent attacks on contractors working for the forestry department’.
“Several pieces of plant at the site have been vandalised and diesel fuel running into thousands of litres has been stolen from vehicles working throughout forest parks in Moyle recently.
“To replace this machine ‘second hand’ could cost as much as £150,000 and it is a pathetic action in an attempt to steal a few litres of fuel. Not only is it a direct attack on an outdoor resource in Moyle but it is a very personal attack on a private individual attempting to earn a living”.

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Glendun

The Councillor said the location provided a spectacular backdrop to views reaching as far as the Scottish coast and the Mourne Mountains in County Down but that it was isolated and allowed thieves to work with little chance of being detected. “The people of the Glens would be disgusted with this act of vandalism that was unreflective of the area”.
Councillor Mc Shane finished by commending the work of the local Fire Service and said;
 “Given the location in the middle of a forest, it’s not hard to envisage, this incident could have been a lot worse but for the actions of those who raised the alarm and the response from the NIFRS.”

Proposed Social Housing for Ramoan Road, Ballycastle

landlord_imageTriangle Housing Association plans to build seven houses for people in general Housing need on Ramoan Road, Ballycastle. (Green next Police Station)

The Housing Executive supports the development and planning permission has been granted.

Cautiously welcoming the news Councillor Padraig Mc Shane stated;

“The news is welcome but it has been alluded to several times in the past. Unfortunatly it is not time bound so we are unaware of when it will proceed.

“The housing stress in Moyle is severe and seven units, while a welcome bonus simply do not go far enough to address problems in Ballycastle never mind the Glens. I spoke with the Housing Executive recently and made it clear that the delivery of decent, affordable, sustainable housing is a key priority for the community in Moyle.

What Will A National Park Mean for Moyle????

          NO TO NATIONAL PARKS

DID YOU KNOW that this area may shortly be designated a National Park without the consent of local people?

WHAT THIS MIGHT MEAN FOR YOU:

  • An increase in your rates to fund set up and running costs
  • A diversion of funding from other hard pressed government departments for the same purposes
  • An increase in regulations including further restrictions on planning even for extensions or alterations
  • An increase in house prices affecting young people in the area
  • Farming in the area being burdened by more regulation and inspections.
  • Effective rule by an unelected body with little or no local representation and wide reaching influence.
  • Trying to live, work and run thriving businesses in an area where the aim and focus of all use and development is conservation

IF YOU OBJECT

  • Attend a public meeting to be held at 8pm on the 14th of November at Sheskburn Hall, Ballycastle. Minister Alex Attwood will be present. Also present, those who reside and operate buisnesses in National Parks from the Tourism, Retail & Farming Sectors

Cushendall Deserves Better than a Spy Network

Is this the start of the Glens being Littered With Surveillance Cameras?

Despite claims by the PSNI, Private security firms and Camera Technology Companies, deterrence of crime has failed to be proved on the installation and operating of security or surveillance cameras in any given location.

Results, both numerical, quantitive and qualitive have failed to conclude that any benefit arises from the installation of spy equipment. But the name reflects the reality of what- in essence- is being proposed in the heart of the Glens.

 

A local Councillor requested security cameras be installed in the Cottage Wood site in Cushendall following recent anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the Council owned facility. To be fair, residents have complained for some time of the nuisance behaviour of a handful of young people in the area with a particular emphasis on the site.

 

When low-level crime is concentrated in an area, residents tend to request the installation of cameras as a preventative measure. It’s at this stage that we must engage the perils of this wish.

 

Spy/Surveillance cameras do not prevent crime. Perpetrators tend to cover themselves or move to an adjacent street or neighbourhood and continue to be a menace to local communities. This in turn leads to requests for additional cameras. The practise is known as the “displacement of crime”-leading to a proliferation of spy cameras.

 

The highest concentration of spy cameras anywhere in the world is in the city of London. Politicians in London lament the fact that after implementation of the spy system crime figures continued to rise. Modern cameras can read a text message on a mobile phone from 250 meters, identify a face from half a mile and can now even help Police to detect a criminal before a crime has been committed. That is the claim!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2154861/U-S-surveillance-cameras-use-eyes-pre-crimes-detecting-suspicious-behaviour-alerting-guards.html

 

 

Infrared and other sensory technologies can help cameras quite literally see through walls nowadays. Camera surveillance in built up areas threaten privacy and civil liberties and ever more often challenge our understandings of what is public and what is private in our expectations on privacy.

 

But does a more sinister reason for the cameras introduction exist? Given the historic and proud legacy of the people of the Glens, anyone could have an educated guess. People must ask themselves, who operates the cameras? What is done with the recordings? Who catches site of the filming? What links do they facilitate with organisations like MI5?

 

While warning of the dangers of installing cameras in the Glens, it does not address the root of the anti-social behaviour or vandalism. New ways of addressing these problems inherent in all small towns and villages throughout the Island must be explored. Investment in youth is also a key and proven advantage in tackling this type of crime. Moyle Council recently agreed with my proposal to support the new youth facilities at Saint Aloysius by setting aside £70k. Communities could look at different models of “Community Watch” schemes. The alternative is permanent and is almost impossible to reverse when implemented.

The town of Ballycastle followed a similar path and now has a network of cameras scanning its citizens with no tangible results on crime prevention being delivered. On nearly all occasions, residents who have been the victims of crime refer to the many cameras only to be told, they weren’t working, or, we can’t identify who did it. What they will receive is a report number and instructions on how to claim from their insurance. Meanwhile the cameras maintain their watch-for who’s benefit?  Surely Cushendall deserves better!

 

Glen Rovers Footpath Moves Step Closer

Location of proposed footpath

A proposal for a footpath on the Glenshesk Road Armoy has met the Roads Service criteria to progress for a more detailed appraisal. The proposed footpath, almost five hundred meters in length, will run from Turreagh Terrace passing the Glen Rovers GAC  grounds and finish at Saint Olcan’s Church.

The news that the application has passed the first hurdle has been welcomed by Independent Councillor, Padraig Mc Shane, who commended the Church, the local GAA Club and the Glens Rural Community Group for combining their efforts to improve infrastructure for the local community. The Councillor had successfully lobbied Moyle Council to author a letter to Road Service informing them of the need for a footpath on the dangerous stretch of Road.
Councillor Mc Shane said;
“The three organisations have united magnificently to campaign for this footpath. While it has passed the first hurdle, Road Service will remain to be convinced of the project.
“I have placed it on this weeks agenda again at Council in an attempt to convince my colleagues to send a corporate message to ensure it is placed as a ‘top priority’ Road Service project in the area.
Roads Service have stated;
“This proposal has been added to a list of schemes in Moyle that will be developed in accordance with current policies. Prioritisation will take account of future funding availability along with a number of other key issues”.
Update
Since Monday night, my friends in Council have agreed to write to Road Service, again highlighting the need and also, to ask Road Service to prioritise the footpath in this area of the Glens.