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Patrick Brown MLA Wants to Prioritse the Restoration of the Quoile River

Patrick Brown last week met with a number of coarse fishermen campaigning as part of the Restore the Quoile community group, who want to ensure the river can thrive as a safe and accessible community angling hub.

Mr Brown said: ‘The Quoile River has the potential to be a treasured and valuable resource for our area, but has unfortunately been severely neglected in recent years by those entrusted with its care. I want to establish support for the Quoile as one of my top priorities for the Downpatrick area, and provide the safe and accessible facilities that the community deserves. With the proper protection measures, we can ensure the Quoile can thrive as an angling hub and a source of pride for the community, with environmental, health and well-being benefits for generations to come.’

He added: ‘I have requested a meeting with DAERA to discuss a number of issues facing the Quoile, and the opportunities we have to promote and restore the river for all users. In particular, there are issues around access for disabled anglers, the restocking of coarse fish, and dredging to tackle pollution and eutrophication. I want to work towards achieving these aims for our community and the wider Downpatrick area, and look forward to working alongside DAERA to see what we can accomplish.’

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