From the pages of the Down Recorder, April 11, 1978

From the pages of the Down Recorder, April 11, 1978

11 April 2018

KILCLIEF — An angry Kilclief resident, who has been waging a one-man battle with the authorities for nearly two years over dumping on the shore near his home, has now called for support from South Down MP Enoch Powell.

Mr Charles Stewart says he has been sickened by the sight of repeated dumping beside his Shore Road home and feels that Mr Powell might be the man to put an end to the “disgraceful saga.”

“I have complained to the Department of the Environment, the Strangford police, Down Council and the Strangford Nature Conservation people, but still nothing positive has been done,” he said.

When Mr Stewart moved to his move in 1976, the shore at Kilclief was basically free of rubbish, but it has been mounting steadily since then.

He says the Roads Service has been dumping heaps of spoil from Strangford Lough since January in order to build a foundation for widening the road and that this encouraged people to dump household material.

“One day in January I came home from work and found enormous heaps of spoil on the front. Since then just about everything has been dumped, including carts, prams, bedsteads and household rubbish,” he added.

DROMARA — Down’s Dairy Princess for 1978 is 19 year-old Karen Browne, an occupational therapist, of Ballynahinch Road, Dromara. Karen was voted the new princess at a dance in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch, on Friday night.

She is an active member of Spa Young Farmers’ Club and holds a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. She will be carrying the Down banner into the Ulster final at Balmoral on May 26 when she will be joined by the other Dairy Princesses from around the province.

DOWNPATRICK — A direct clash of interests between two branches of the Department of the Environment has brought an end to plans for an early start date on a £900,000 traffic scheme in the centre of  Downpatrick.

It was announced this week that a special committee has been established to study several different proposals for the town, thus blocking any immediate progress on a Roads Service plan which was programmed to begin next year.

The clash of interests comes between the Roads Service and the Historic Monuments Branch of the DoE, which has listed most of the buildings in the town centre for preservation, thereby preventing any demolition to make way for a new roads project.

Mr J D Kirk, local DoE Roads manager, told a special meeting of Down Council that he no longer thought the traffic scheme would be able to begin next year.

He said the plan would have to be considered alongside alternative proposals from the Historic Monuments Branch, with the possibility of a third plan coming from the local planning department.

The Roads Service scheme included plans to a new road leading off Church Street to take away traffic from the town centre and up round the rear of the town. It also involved closing off the lower part of Scotch Street to traffic.

CARRYDUFF — Eight month-old Ruth O’Connor has the cutest little baby face — at least so the judges of a national competition thought. For they voted Ruth as one of the winners in the competition to find a cover child for ‘Mother Magazine.’

Ruth, the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca O’Connor, from Ivanhoe Avenue, Carryduff, was one of five runners-up from all over the UK. 

The competition takes place every month and Ruth will be featured in the May issue — winning a place of honour for her picture and a food blender for her mother.

Ruth’s winning smile has delighted her mother, who only sent in her photograph for a laughed. When she heard that Ruth had won a prize, she was amazed.

“I’ve never won anything before in my life,” she said. “We were taking photographs of Ruth and I decided to send one into the competition as a bit of a joke.”

KILLYLEAGH — Over 60 people attended a public meeting in Killyleagh to discuss the Housing Executive’s tentative redevelopment proposals for the Shore Street, Well Lane, Church Hill and Holland Place areas.

A Housing Executive spokesman told the meeting in the Cooke Hall that the area was being investigated with the possibility of treating it as a redevelopment area. 

This followed a report to the Executive from the Public Health Inspectorate outlining the bad housing conditions in the area and the purpose of the meeting was to discover the public opinion towards redevelopment.

The general body of public opinion was against redevelopment, but where it was inevitable the residents told the Executive that they would accept it. However, they would prefer to see rehabilitation taking place in Killyleagh.

The Executive spokesman asked the members of the public to formally send their views to the Executive and the possibility of rehabilitation would be examined.

NEWCASTLE — Newcastle Yacht Club can now afford to buy radio equipment for its rescue craft, members were told at a club social meeting in the Donard Hotel on Friday night.

The money for the equipment was raised in a highly successful fund-raising scheme organised by Gerry Poland and through the sponsorship of they Buck’s Head Inn, Dundrum, and Bass Ireland.

The twelve winning tickets in the draw, which formed part of the scheme, were drawn at a meeting by one of the club’s youngest members, Sonia Thomason.

After the draw a spectacular film show was provided by John Irwin and Irvine Campbell, of Racing Yachts (Ireland) Ltd and Action Sports.

BALLYNAHINCH — Three previous captains were the guests at the annual display of Edengrove Girls’ Brigade on Friday night.

The captains, Mrs Lavery, Mrs G Earls and Mrs M McBride, were joined on the platform by the guest of honour, Mrs I Harris, commandant of Strangford and Mourne District, and the Rev N Duncan, company chaplain.

CROSSGAR — Firemen were were called to Mejury’s garage in Crossgar on Thursday afternoon when a fire broke out. One car, a Chrysler Avenger, was destroyed and another slightly damaged.  The roof the garage was also damaged.

A crew from Newtownards had to be sent to the fire as both the Downpatrick and Ballynahinch crews were fighting fires elsewhere.

DUNDRUM — Recent innovations in the treatment of cancer were explained to members of Dundrum Combat Cancer Group at their annual meeting on Wednesday night. 

The guest speaker was Dr Lynch, consultant radiotherapist at Montgomery House, Belfast, and his talk was most enlightening.

All the present officers were re-elected for the forthcoming year. They are: Mrs N Mitchell, chairman; Mr H Forsythe, vice-chairman; Miss R Flynn, secretary; Mrs J K Laird, treasurer; and Mrs I Maguire, public relations officer.

The first event in the group’s programme for this year will be a coffee morning, to be held on Saturday, May 6, at the home of Mrs K Forde, The Lodge, Seaforde.

CASTLEWELLAN — Leaders and officials of German youth organisations visited Ardnannon outdoor pursuits centre, Castlewellan, at the weekend. 

It was part of a 12-day trip to develop contacts between young people in Germany and their counterparts here. 

During the trip they also visited the Seaboard Sailing Centre in Killyleagh.

BRYANSFORD — Eleven lambs were slaughtered in another outbreak of sheep worrying in the Bryansford area. 

The eleven lambs belonged to Mr Patrick Dougan and had been attacked on land at Ballyhaffrey.

COMBER — Disco enthusiasts in Comber will have to turn the sound down in future if Ards Borough councillors get their way. The councillors voted at a meeting this week to visit the proprietor of the Highwayman Inn to ask him to decease the sound of the music.

Their request comes after numerous complaints that the loudness or the music was causing a disturbance in the neighbourhood.