Memorandum submitted by Councillor Fergus
McQuillan, Fermanagh District Council
I write in addition to the submission from the
Chief Executive of Fermanagh District Council of 18 October 2001.
His remit is for Fermanagh as a whole while mine is for Erne East
where quarrying is the most important sector of our economy and
the outlet for aggregate and the consequent manufacture of blocks,
kerbstones, and the tarmac maintain a large workforce.
No major or minor roadworks have been undertaken
in Erne East in the past 10 years and none are in the pipeline
for the next 10 years.
|Number employed in quarrying
| Erne West (in close proximity):
|Acheson & Glover||97
The above firms are well established indigenous firms with
a good record as employers. Quarries are well managed and do not
impinge on local tourist attractions. Much of the product from
these quarrying operations is exported to the Republic of Ireland
bringing in much needed revenue to the Northern Ireland economy.
It is reasonable to assume that half of those employed by
the firms based in Erne West reside in Erne East, an unemployment
blackspot exasperated by recent job losses.
|Recent Job Losses on Erne East
The industrial base in Erne East has contracted to such an
extent that now only one factory exists in a 150 mile area.
We cannot afford to lose these jobs and we fear that the
imposition of aggregate tax will do just that.
25 October 2001