“We must stand up for our environment” says Mathison

Alliance Councillor Nick Mathison has said he is delighted Ards and North Down Councillors unanimously backed his calls for the local authority to oppose all Oil and Shale Gas Exploration License Applications.   The decision was ratified at Wednesday night’s full Council meeting, after Nick had raised the issue at the Community and Wellbeing Committee […]

Alliance proposal to oppose Oil Extraction defeated

Alliance Councillor Peter Lavery has said he’s “extremely disappointed” after Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council failed to oppose the awarding of petroleum licenses, despite both the SDLP and Sinn Féin previously speaking against these licenses. If allowed to continue, the move could see oil exploration in the South Lough Neagh Basin – something Alliance is […]

McMullan seeks cross-party support to end reliance on plastic bottles in Belfast

Alliance Councillor Ross McMullan is calling for Belfast City Council to introduce water refill stations across the city, as he backed #NationalRefillDay ahead of bringing a motion on the issue to Belfast City Council. Citing the importance of encouraging local people to reuse water bottles, Ross said the move would aid attempts to end our […]

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 […]