AT the most recent meeting of the Castlewellan and Kilcoo Branch of the SDLP, members held a minutes silence following the death of Malachy Burns who was an esteemed member and a former Chairman of the Branch.
Members then discussed the contribution that Malachy had made, not only to the Branch and Station Avenue but the wider community.
John Duggan, Branch Chairman, said, “Malachy will be sorely missed by myself and the Branch and our thoughts and prayers remain with Philomena, their son Paul and the wider family circle at what still is a very difficult time. “
Members went on to discuss the trees which have been cut down in Bunker’s Hill, flooding in the Drumee estates and parking issues within the Castlewellan.
Those present discussed the new mountain bike trails within the Forest Park and heard first hand from that branch members have already made use of them. Aaron Rice said: “The trails are absolutely fantastic and form a great addition to the Forest Park amenity. I look forward to learning of the economic benefits that these trails bring to the whole town.”
John Duggan also condemned the hike in Power NI’s electricity prices by 14.8% at the end of the summer. He said: “Families are struggling to cope and a 14.8% rise is huge which could essentially be the last straw for many.”
A discussion took place regarding the high number of counterfeit Ulster Bank £20 notes that are in the area at present and it was agreed to appeal to members of the public to be vigilant.
Laura Devlin, Vice Chair, concluded the meeting by congratulating the Chairman John Duggan and his wife Kathleen on their 50th wedding Anniversary.