Coyle sets out election pledges
Sinn Féin Enniskillen by-election candidate Debbie Coyle has made 5 commitments that she will pursue if elected.
Speaking from the centre of Enniskillen Ms Coyle said:
"There are a number of issues affecting people in Enniskillen, Tempo and Lisbellaw. Some of these, such as rural planning, Sinn Féin is already addressing in the Council and at Stormont.
"The issues I will prioritise if elected are Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal; Parking and Traffic congestion; Youth Provision and anti-social behaviour; Care for the elderly and the services at the new Erne Hospital; and jobs, the economy and training."
Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal
"Much of our housing, particularly in the older estates has become run down. It is time that the Housing Executive looked at its maintenance and renovation programmes. I will also pursue the institution of community safety measures such as 'alley-gating'. The council, along with the Department of Social Development and other agencies also needs to ensure that all parts of Enniskillen, Lisbellaw and Tempo get their fair share of funding to support regeneration.
"Sinn Féin believes that the community/voluntary sector must have a central role in the development in Enniskillen and across the County. Devenish Neighbourhood Renewal scheme should be delivering investment for deprived wards through partnerships led by local community associations but isn't working because of bureaucracy. Sinn Féin is lobbying strongly for a more sensible approach delivering the investment agreed with local community representatives."
Parking and Traffic congestion
"This is one of the biggest issues for people who live and work in Enniskillen, for local businesses and it impacts on tourism. I want to see an inclusive working group to oversee the implementation of strategies to improve parking in the town and to improve the flow of traffic especially at peak times throughout the day.
"This will include the implementation of the integrated Road Traffic Management Strategy negotiated by Sinn Féin and the re-establishment a town management partnership to ensure all groups are effectively represented."
Youth Provision and anti-social behaviour
"There is a lack of things for young people to do right across the Enniskillen electoral area. I will work with Council, the Education Library Board and Youth Services and the community and voluntary sector to make more facilities available and the of development more local programmes to engage with our young people.
"Anti-social behaviour is a massive issue across Ireland. The key to tackling the problem is not just developing strong community led initiatives but also an effective partnership between local communities and the statutory agencies, including the PSNI, the Probation Board, Youth Justice Agency and the Housing Executive."
Care for the elderly and improving their security
"I share concerns about the impact of changes in how home help is going to be provided for our older people and the wider issues of social isolation, safety and financial difficulties.
"I will work to develop partnerships that address the safety issue and put in place security measures that allow older people to feel safer in their homes and in their local communities. I also believe that the council can play a much more effective role in getting old people involved in their local communities and that their views are listened to and acted on."
Jobs, the economy and training
"I know that many people are feeling the pinch and are worried about money, jobs, housing and the future. Tourism has a key role to play in the future of Enniskillen and I will fight to proper recognition of the Destination Fermanagh initiative. I also believe that we need to provide more people with the skills they need to enter the workplace and advance. This is particularly true for indigenous local businesses and Sinn Fein will continue to challenge the failure of Invest NI to invest in the West.
"The Council will in the future have an even greater role in economic development and I believe that addressing the shortage of social and affordable housing, high quality healthcare, neighbourhood renewal and traffic congestion all have a part to play in encouraging even greater inward investment in the future." ENDS