Regional Development

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for action to develop the potential of the Narrow Water Bridge.   The project, which was shelved following the withdrawal of European funding, could have a transformative effect on the local economy.   Ms Ritchie said: “In the Irish Government’s Capital Investment Plan, published last year, there […]

  MP seeks meeting to facilitate upgrade of sewage and road system in Hilltown following severe flooding   Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has demanded NI Water and Transport NI undertake an entire review of the sewage and drainage network in Hilltown following incidents of flooding.   Ms Ritchie said, “Over the […]

Ritchie welcomes work on Strangford Road, Downpatrick to deal with flooding issues     Margaret Ritchie, Member of Parliament for South Down, has welcomed work on the Strangford Road, Downpatrick to deal with flooding issues.   Ms Ritchie said, “During the period of heavy rainfall over the Christmas and New Year period, I was contacted […]

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has pushed the Government to do more to protect transport links from future flooding Ms Ritchie has said: “Climate change means that heavy flooding and extreme weather is going to come to Northern Ireland more often than it has in the past. As we saw at Christmas, ‘once […]

“This substantial investment by NI Water to install a new waste water pumping station at Annsborough, following the flood alleviation works carried out in the area, some years ago is a welcome development.  This work is vital for the residents of Annsborough and is an important enabling measures for any new housing or developments in […]

Ritchie welcomes further progress on re-opening of Fountain Street, Downpatrick – Roads Service agreed to the requests from Cllr McGrath and myself to working longer hours and opening Fountain Street at night-time. Margaret Ritchie said today “Yesterday evening, Cllr Colin McGrath and myself met with senior officials from Roads Service on site at Fountain Street, […]

“While work on the major sewage scheme involving the replacement and improvement of over 2000m of sewer in Ardglass is at an advanced stage, NI Water. in response to concerns that the overflow at Ardglass Harbour is continuing, has agreed to draw up plans to diver this overflow pipe to the Harbour Road sewer system. […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed news that sections of the Slievegrane Road, Downpatrick, will be resurfaced before the end of July 2014. Ms Ritchie stated, “I had been in contact with Roads Service to highlight the condition of this rural road, which is well utilised, especially during the school run periods of the day. […]

  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 […]