Regional Development

  Regular users of the ferry commuting to work and school, were forced to drive a long journey around the peninsula after the MV Portaferry suffered mechanical failure.   The backup ferry, the MV Strangford also had mechanical failure which meant there was no ferry service until nearly mid day. Even at that stage, with […]

“I have been working with Cllr Curran over the past few months to ensure the delivery of environmental improvements at Crewe Hill, Ardglass   Work on new street lighting , extended parking bays and resurfacing in the area is progressing and will provide the residents of the area with a much improved amenity and safer […]

Speaking after the meeting with Minister Danny Kennedy MLA  in Clarence Court on Wednesday 31st July South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie said   “During my discussions with Minister Kennedy,  I  demanded that the he along with Roads Service officials  need to tackle traffic congestion in Downpatrick.  I outlined to the Minister the lack of progress […]

“Following the elation after the confirmation that funding from the SEUPB had been secured for the Narrow Water Bridge and all approvals by the Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive secured, there is now frustration at political and community level that the project is subject to further delay. As detailed discussion continues with all parties […]

Speaking after the meeting with Minister Danny Kennedy MLA  in Clarence Court on Wednesday 31st July South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie said   “During my discussions with Minister Kennedy,  I  demanded that the he along with Roads Service officials  need to tackle traffic congestion in Downpatrick.  I outlined to the Minister the lack of progress […]

Speaking after the meeting with the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy on Wednesday  (31st July) the MP for the area said; “I impressed upon the Minister the need to ensure that urgent action was taken to ensure the switch problem with the pumps at the pumping station in Market Street, Downpatrick was resolved immediately […]

Speaking after the heavy rainfall on Monday (29th July) which resulted in a reoccurrence of flash flooding on Market Street Downpatrick, the MP for the area, Margaret  Ritchie said;   “On speaking to the Chief Executive of NI Water it was confirmed to me that the pumps required to clear surplus water from Market Street […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed a commitment from Roads Service that it will undertake a technical assessment for improved visibility at the Ballyedock Road/Ross Road, Ardglass.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I had written to Roads Service to ask for an improvement scheme at this location due to the difficulties encountered by roadusers in exiting […]

“I have spoken some of the residents affected by the high water pressure in Ardglass last week. In many cases appliance have been damaged and in the worse cases homes have been flooded. NI Water has indicated in these cases that a claim should be submitted and in response to my representations have sent out […]

Speaking on a recent visit to the area along with SDLP Cllrs Dermot Curran and Gareth Sharvin, the MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said;   “The Palatine Trust is working toward the regeneration of the Ropewalk Path, and central to this project is the acquisition of a piece of land by Down District Council, […]