Members of the rural community across North and East Antrim gathered together last week in Sheskburn House, Ballycastle to voice their opposition to the Environment Minister Alex Attwood’s proposals to introduce National Park status in the North.
In the last week the SDLP man has curbed his enthisiasm following mass protests in both, Newcastle and Cookstown. While the Minister stated he would be “Taking stock”, he remained committed to their introduction when questioned on the floor of the Assembly. He had identified three sites in the North, two of which he hoped to declare as National Parks. The Causeway Coast and Glens, Fermanagh Lakelands and the Mournes had been on the Minister’s shortlist.
Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane who attended the meeting said he was delighted not only with the setting up of the group, but also with the quality of its membership.
The Councillor stated;
“The group is drawn from right across Moyle and further into East Antrim. Many sectors are represented and are committed to protecting the rural way of life.
“It is quite clear that people are now beginning to take stock of the serious implications that would arrive with the introduction of a National Park. This group will not be complacent and will lobby until Environment Minister Alex Attwood not only shelves his detrimental proposal but bins it.