Muir welcomes news Cairn Wood now safely in public ownership

Ards and North Down Borough Council Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has welcomed news that Cairn Wood has now transferred into public ownership with NI Water recently writing to Councillor Muir to confirm that it was transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on 1 April 2019. Commenting on the development, Councillor […]

Alliance calls for public consultation into gas storage process

Alliance has called for a public consultation into a controversial plan for underground gas storage caverns in East Antrim. The letter to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, from Alliance MLAs John Blair and Stewart Dickson, outlines the party’s concerns about the proposals for Islandmagee, saying they could have ‘a disastrous effect’ on […]

Blair reiterates call for independent EPA after new pollution figures

Alliance South Antrim MLA John Blair has reiterated his call for an independent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after new figures revealed the extent of the pollution problems of a local river. Following a request from Mr Blair, the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency stated since records began in 2012, there have been 676 reported incidents of […]

Donnelly welcomes Alliance re-confirming opposition to underground gas storage plans

Alliance Larne Lough representative Danny Donnelly has welcomed his party recently re-confirming its opposition to plans for underground gas storage caverns in the area. Danny was speaking after Alliance’s recent Party Council meeting, in which a motion opposing the proposals and giving concerns about the environmental impact and public safety was backed by delegates. “Many […]

Muir reports kinnegar malodours to NI Environment Agency

Holywood Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has referred the on-going malodours in the vicinity of the Kinnegar area to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, requesting assistance in eliminating the regular foul smells, for good. Commenting on the issue, Councillor Muir said: “A number of years previously NI Water made a multi-million pound investment in Kinnegar Waste […]

Muir welcomes Council moves to address impact of new Road Closure legislation

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has welcomed the decision reached at the Council’s Environment Committee on March 6, to set aside funds to help local community and voluntary groups to overcome the effects of new and much criticised Road Closure legislation. Commenting on the decision, which is subject to ratification by full […]

Long backs calls for a million new trees for Belfast

Alliance Councillor Michael Long is backing the call for a million new trees for Belfast – a proposal put forward by Belfast Metropolitan Resident Group. Set to second a motion tonight, the proposed plan will build on the amount of new trees already pledged in the Draft Belfast Local Development Plan. Councillor Michael Long said: […]

Lyttle encourages participation in Walkway scheme process

Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle has encouraged people to participate in a process designed to decide on environmental improvements at Bloomfield Walkway. Work is due to start on the stretch of walkway, which runs from the Beersbridge Road onto the Upper Newtownards Road at Holywood Arches, at the end of March. Plans include new […]

Climate change to be prioritised by Council following McDonough-Brown motion

Alliance Belfast City Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown has said climate change will be prioritised by the Council, after his motion seeking a reduction in its carbon footprint was passed. The motion, which will establish what the carbon footprint of Belfast City Council is and identify options to reduce it, was passed at the Council’s Strategic Policy […]