1st Draft Minutes of Six Mile Water Trust Meeting Date: 8th NOV 2011, 7pm Venue: Antrim Civic Centre Attendees Maurice Parkinson MP Antrim and District (Chair) Angling Assoc. Michael Martin MM Rogan Manor Resident Assoc. Billy Cathcart BC TACA Jim Gregg JG Ballynure Angling Club Gary Gregg GG ,, Chris Millar CM TACA Ray Bennett RB RSPB Gerry Wilson GW NIEA Danny Kinahan DK MLA John Kerr JK Dunadry Community Assoc. Kathy McLean(secretary) KMcL Antrim Guardians 1. Welcome and Apologies All were welcomed by the Chair, Maurice Parkinson. Apologies received from Richard Fee, Martin McKay, Robbie Marshall, Jim Haughey, Lindsay Matthews, Steve Reilly, Stevie Munn, Ruth Wilson, Jim Martin. 2.Minutes of the last Meeting and matters arising. Illegal Fishing Action 1 from previous meeting letter to DCAL. MP asked DK how best to approach the Minister to arrange a meeting. New Action1Write to Mitchell McLaughlin. Hydro Electric schemes From previous minutes ,CM pointed out that the DOE have the ultimate decision in relation to permission on hydro schemes ( The A.I.L Abstraction, Impounding and Licensing.) not DCAL. Discussion took place about points in the river, namely Ballymartin river where, because of weirs the fish can only pass at flood time. This is further hindered by the presence of a hydro scheme. NEW ACTION 2 Suggestion that the developer /owner from the hydroscheme in B’Martin river be invited to join the Trust . Also extend this to include the National Trust as they own premises on Ballymartin. RB pointed out that in the past old mills ran from 8-5 whereas now hydroelectrics run up to 24 hrs Allegedly the salmon can pass on Lord O’Neills scheme on the River Maine. NEW ACTION 1 Could member of NIEA who deals with Hydroschemes schemes give a talk to the Trust (Peter Close ) GW to invite. Action 2 from Previous meeting MH and MP to meet to discuss invertebrate sampling (not yet carried out) Water Sampling / Anglers Monitoring Initiative (invertebrate sampling) ACTION 3 (from prev meeting) C/F Action Jim Gregg to write to NIW. Still has to meet with committee from Ballynure Angling club before drafting letter to NIW. ACTION 4 from previous meeting GW provided River Monitoring Chemical data. It was pointed out that Mark Horton made an application for Lottery funding to finance the project on the monitoring initiative on the Ballinderry river. NEW ACTION 3 MP and MM to push on invertebrate and water sampling. (NIEA have committed to limited sampling) Need funds and expertise to train volunteers the length of the river to develop project.JG suggested a benefit to relating water and invertebrate sampling to studies carried out by Richard Kennedy on designated fish sampling points. Ballyclare Sewage Plant Q to GW re extension of flood water holding tank. GW advised that Interagency were looking at separating storm and foul water therefore reducing the impact of flood water on Treatment plant. Septic tanks Discussion continued about the amount of non consenting discharging septic tanks. Although it is stated that 10% of pollution is caused by sewage it still is a significant factor. MP relayed again about the cryptosporidium outbreak that took place in the west of Ireland directly traceable to human sewage. NEW ACTION 4 MP to write to the Minister to ask what strategy is in place to govern septic tanks A.O.B Adjournment Debate. Thanks to Danny Kinahan, Paul Girvan and all those who contributed, for what was considered a well focused, meaningful debate. Those members of the Trust who attended had a very interesting time and enjoyed a mini tour at the end courtesy of Paul and Danny. Coca Cola awards The Trust recieved a certificate Highly Commended River Care Group from Tidy N.I. in recognition of our valuable contribution to the Clean Coast programme through voluntary local action. Elaine Upton sent congrats to the Trust on both of the above issues NEW ACTION 5 Kathy to do press release about Six Mile Water Trust to local papers. Charitable Status New Action 6 JM, KMcL, MP to meet with NICVA representative Mon 14th New Action 7 KMcL to attend meeting in Newtownards Wed 16th Stakeholders New ACTION 8 MM/ GG to attend Stake holders meeting Kilrea Wed 16th Chain Reaction. Problems have occurred in the Doagh River and unfortunately enhancement work done by the Anglers has been undone. Summons have been issued to the company. DK is trying to come up with a solution to facilitate all and is in talks with the Directors. Dunadry Railway bridge. There is frequent flooding here and it would appear pumping station not working properly. DK has contacted NIW New ACTION 9 Maurice to write to N.I. W Update on Wetland New action 10 CM meeting Bursar from BRA to discuss the proposal Will update at next meeting DATE OF NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY 14th DECEMBER 7PM AT MOSSLEY MILL.
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