The first multi-agency meeting to address concerns at the river Quoile was held today, 22nd November 2022.
Chaired by Councillor Gareth Sharvin, the meeting was attended by representatives of Clean up the Quoile, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Inland Fisheries at DAERA, Northern Ireland Water, Alliance, SDLP and Quoile Angling Club.
The water quality and lack of ‘flow’ at the river was top of the agenda with a number of actions taken away by some agencies, including a site meeting between NI Water and Clean up the Quoile group.
Inland fisheries were congratulated for their recent installation of disabled fishing stands at the floodgates and Quoile Pondage – and everyone welcomed news that more were being planned.
Environment campaigner and Alliance party member. Cadogan Enright (cllr) provided an update on the Quoile River Walk Extension, which will restore footpath access along the Ulster Way, connecting Strangford, Killyleagh and Downpatrick. A feasibility study is complete and an environmental report is to be commissioned.