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…
Nicholl – Councils must provide value for money and avoid rates hikes Ballymena Ulster Unionist Councillor Stephen Nicholl has warned against councils increasing rates bills for local people and businesses, and of the importance of using public funds wisely to provide value for money. Councillor Nicholl said: “This week’s assessment of the budgetary crisis facing Northern Ireland should leave us in no doubt that an ever increasing financial burden could fall on local citizens. With inflation outstripping pay awards and some touting the return of prescription charges, rent increases and the implementation of welfare reform potentially driving more families into poverty, there is no doubt that local government faces considerable challenges in setting this year's local and business rates. “While council costs will rise, passing on that burden to an already impoverished population is not an easy option. Indeed, councils should be carefully reflecting on their service delivery and plans fo…
In advance of this year's rates process I thought it would be useful to publish my statement from last year on the process. It will be interesting to see if council has recognized the fundamental responsibility it carries to diligently manage public finances in this years process. Ulster
Unionist Party Rates Statement The
Ulster Unionist Party met with the Chief Executive and the Director of Finance
in advance of the rates setting process on the 15th November 2016. At
that meeting the Chief Executive indicated that it was her intention to bring
forward a recommendation of a rate increase of 2.32% to the rates meeting in
rationale outlined for the increase related to the need to address the gap in
organisational infrastructure in relation to Economic Development staffing and
Ulster Unionist Party accepts that it is vital that our Economic Development
and Tourism capacity is brought up to strength to help meet our priority of
growing our local economy, this i…