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Burns Concerned Over Japanese Knotweed Near Drumaroad

Stephen Burns, Mourne’s Sinn Féin councillor, has asked TransportNI to urgently deal with an invasive plant which is threatening a local property. He said: “Japanese Knotweed has been detected on the verge of the Ballynahinch Road just outside 
Drumaroad. The plant has quickly spread into neighbouring field, and is now…

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Burns Calls For Fence Improvements At Castlewellan Oaklee Housing Estate

Newry Mourne and Down Councillor Stephen Burns (Sinn Féin) has made representations to Oaklee Trinity on behalf of residents regarding the lack of protection provided by the security fence on their Newcastle Road development. Councillor Burns visited the area and said: “I was approached by one of the residents of Newcastle…

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Council Supports Burns’ Motion On Mental Health And Suicide

Newry Mourne and Down District Councillor Stephen Burns (Sinn Féin) recently brought a  motion to the full council meeting which received the full support of the chamber. It will have significant health implications for the South Down area as the new council shapes up this important health policy. The motion…

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Burns Calls For End To Harassment Of Businesses In Castlewellan

Down District councillor Stephen Burns has voiced his concern at the recent spate of incidents in the Castlewellan town area where a number of youths have been harassing local shopkeepers and businesses. Councillor Burns pointed out the negative impact this can have on the image of the town and the…

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Burns Calls For Remedial Work To Castlewellan Flooding Problem

Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Burns has raised the issued of constant flooding on footpaths in St Malachy’s Crescent, Castlewellan. Councillor Burns said: “Every time we have a bout of inclement weather, the footpaths in St Malachy’s Crescent flood causing pedestrians to use the roadway. “This is a safety concern especially for…

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Burns Warns Of Flooding Risk In Lower Castlewellan Square

Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Burns has said that unless the drainage problem at Lower Square Castlewellan is addressed there is a fear from local residents that there could be serious flooding. Councillor Burns said: “After a recent deluge of rain local residents have complained that the gullies were not working properly….

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Burns Welcomes Drainage Improvement Measures For Ballykinlar

Down District area councillor Stephen Burns (Sinn Féin) has welcomed the announcement that additional drainage measures will be put in place on the Tryella Road in Ballykinlar. Councillor Burns said: “Residents in the Tryella Road area of Ballykinlar have been raising concerns about looking and poor drainage for a number of…

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Burns Successfully Lobbies For Kilmegan Road Flood Relief Measures

Sinn Féin Slieve Croob Councillor Stephen Burns has welcomed a response by Roads Service to concerns he raised with them around the reoccurring problem of flooding on the Kilmegan Road, Castlewellan. Cllr Burns said:  “A number of residents raised with me their concern around flooding which was occurring on certain…

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Burns Welcomes Start Of Tendering Process For Ballykinler Play Park

Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Burns has welcomed the start of a tendering process for the construction of a new play park in Ballykinler. Speaking on the development, Cllr Burns said: “This is great news for the people of Ballykinler as this facility is long overdue in the community. “I have been…

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Burns Encourages Sports Clubs To Feed Into Rates Exemption Consultation

Newcastle area Councillor Stephen Burns (Sinn Féin) has encouraged amateur sports clubs to respond to a consultation seeking views on rates exemption. Councillor Burns said: “Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has brought forward a Private Members Bill intended to make amateur sports’ clubs fully exempt from rates. “At present amateur clubs…

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Burns Calls For Newcastle Road Junction Improvements

Newcastle area Councillor Stephen Burns  (Sinn Féin) has called for safety improvements to be made at the junction of the Burrenwood, Circular and Newcastle Roads in Castlewellan. Cllr Burns said:  “There had been a major issue regarding the safety of this junction for a number of years. “The area in…

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Burns Calls For Temporary Parking At Bann Road Pitches

CASTLEWELLAN Councillor Stephen Burns (Sinn Féin) has called on Down District Council to provide temporary extra parking facilities while the new football pitch is being constructed on the Bann Road in the town.  He said: “During the much needed construction of the new pitch the existing parking facilities will be temporarily inhibited….

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Burns Welcomes Council Decision To Move Bins

CASTLEWELLAN Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Burns has welcomed the decision by Down District Council to move public bins in Castlewellan that were causing an inconvenience to the public and business people in the town. Councillorr Burns said: “I was contacted last week by business people on Castlewellan Main Street who were concerned…

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Burns Concerned Over Safety On Castlewellan Refuse Collection

Castlewellan Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Burns has said that new arrangements by Down District Council to collect local businesses bins from Mary Street in the town are potentially hazardous to both pedestrians and drivers. Councillor Burns said: “It seems a number of months ago a refuse collection vehicle was involved in…

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Burns Welcomes Rural Housing Survey in Castlewellan

CASTLEWELLAN Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Burns has welcomed the carrying out of an independent survey in the O’Donnell Heights, O’Donnell Park and O’Donnell Close areas of the town. Mr. Burns said the survey gave residents an opportunity to relay any and all ongoing issues to the Rural Housing Association: “I…

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