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Monday, October 24, 2011

National Parks For Northern Ireland?

Slieve Donard from Slievelamagan

The Department for the Environment N.I published a White Paper in March of this year, as a first step to bring forward enabling legislation to allow for the creation of national parks in Northern Ireland.

White Park Bay on the North Antrim Coast

Since then a new consultation document has been published. Which looks in more detail at governance, access, criteria and seeks answers to a number of specific questions on national park issues, with a view to developing policy proposals for the enabling legislation to be brought before the Northern Ireland Assembly. Responses have been invited by Monday 31st October 2011.

Ben Crom from Slieve Binnian

Responses can be submitted by email to :- national.parks@doeni.gov.uk

As this is a White Paper, all comments are noted & count, so even just a short email stating that you are in favour of National Parks in Northern Ireland. Maybe suggesting a few areas for national park status and expressing support for the extension of access legislation to Northern Ireland, currently enjoyed in other parts of the U.K, would all have to be noted in the final paper.

The full consultation documents can be downloaded from this link :-

4 Comments:

Blogger Phil said...

Interesting post, Michael. I had no idea that there are NO national parks in Northern Ireland.

Astonishing.

Your pics show that there's plenty worthy of protection too. Amazed the wind farm boys haven't cottoned on ... all those lovely open hills and no nasty planning restrictions.

October 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Andrew W said...

Amazed the wind farm boys haven't cottoned on ... all those lovely open hills and no nasty planning restrictions.

I am sure they will! Unfortunately.

I have emailed them my support.
maybe the 2020 Challenge will be in Ireland?

Interestingly they have recently turned down some wind turbine proposals in Cambridgeshire because of the effect on the local community, but the oppositions argument for doing going ahead is purely financial (Read BUNG?). They see no bloody further than the accounting department.

October 27, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger michael gray said...

Hi Phil & Andy W,

There have been calls for National Parks in Northern Ireland ever since the first National Park in the UK was set up in England. The problem being is that everyone says they are a good idea here, except the farmers of course, and then promptly nothing gets done about it. Then several years later, there is another consultation, which comes to the same conclusion and then nothing further is done again, till several further years later another consultation is proposed!

Luckily this time it has gone as far as a Governmental White Paper , so hopefully we will actually get a National Park this time.

Regarding the Wind Turbines, unfortunately we do have several 'Wind Farms' sic, here. So far none have been allowed near the coast, particularly as the North Antrim coast is a world heritage site. Though one business thought it was ok to propose one out at sea, just off the Giants Causeway, needless to say that proposal went nowhere !

Cheers for your support and emailing the D.O.E.

Michael

November 30, 2011 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger michael gray said...

Oops!,

Sorry about the Andy, Andrew W.

November 30, 2011 at 2:11 AM  

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