On the 2nd of June
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will meet to determine whether or not
to support the ARC 21 decision to refer the former Minister of the Environment’s
Notice of Opinion to refuse planning permission for an Energy From Waste plant
at Hightown Road in Mallusk to the Planning Appeals Commission.
The Minister’s opinion to refuse
was based on two factors
1. The proposal
is contrary to the DOE’s PPS 11 in that it has not been clearly demonstrated
that the proposed method of treatment will not result in harm to human health.
2. The proposal
would result in an additional waste treatment facility that is not considered
necessary in light of other approved developments in the region and would run
contrary to the program of encouraging recycling through “zero waste”.
The Planning Appeals Commission
does not have the power to overturn the Minister’s opinion, their purpose is to
determine whether the Minister’s reasons are robust and justifiable.
Confirmation of a plan…
The DUP conference at the
weekend established without doubt that its primary objective remains the
elimination of Ulster Unionism from the political map of Northern Ireland. Not
a comment or harsh word against its partners in Government but plenty of antagonism
against the UUP, all the more sweet for parading 3 “defectors”.
Of just as much interest
was the increasing degree of internal control being exerted over its own
members. The DUP equivalent of a “liberal” wing had started to stir under the
last months of the Robinson regime but its leading voice Paula Bradley was reduced
to stating in an interview when asked about same sex marriage which she is
rumoured to be supportive of “I am a member of the DUP I will do what my party
asks me to do” and on the signing the petition of concern “we have no other
option but to do that”.
Those who are drawn to
membership of the DUP seek the comfort of an authoritarian party in the hope of
achieving an authoritarian state albeit that power is s…