Regional Development

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 […]

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 […]