Durkan commends the winners of NI’s ‘Best Kept’ Awards

Admin 2 Foyle, Press Releases, Stormont

The overall award was presented to the picturesque village of Scarva. They will now compete in the final of the All-Ireland Tidy Towns competition. This year saw the introduction of a ‘Best Kept City’ category, which was awarded to the city of Derry. Armagh was awarded the prize for ‘Best Kept Medium Town’ and Omagh received the ‘Best Kept Large …

Admin 2Durkan commends the winners of NI’s ‘Best Kept’ Awards
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Durkan commends Foyle Down Syndrome Trust on improving the local environment

Admin 2 Foyle, Press Releases, Stormont

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today visited Foyle Down Syndrome Trust who have been allocated £7,011 funding through DOE’s Challenge Fund. The Minister has recently allocated the funding to Foyle Down Syndrome Trust which will help 23 young adults to convert a derelict site into their very own organic garden and wanted to see at first-hand how it will be …

Admin 2Durkan commends Foyle Down Syndrome Trust on improving the local environment

Nine new listed buildings for Causeway Coast and Glens

Admin 2 Press Releases, Stormont

In Coleraine town these include the library, Georgian buildings between 11 and 17 Bridge Street, detached Georgian houses at 88 Lodge Road and 46 Mountsandel Road, and the 1957 telephone exchange. The St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Parish Centre at 50 Brook Street, a well-preserved example of a 19th century urban school on a prominent corner in the town centre …

Admin 2Nine new listed buildings for Causeway Coast and Glens

Full time multidisciplinary task force needed to tackle environment crime: Durkan

Admin 2 Press Releases, Stormont

The Minister wants to see the establishment of a permanent, full time multidisciplinary task force to tackle the problem. Mark H Durkan explained: “Much significant work has already been done in co-operation with the Dublin government to tackle the scourge of waste crime. We have worked on a North South basis to clean up illegal landfill sites in border regions …

Admin 2Full time multidisciplinary task force needed to tackle environment crime: Durkan

Durkan produces ’planning blue print’ to guide future planning decisions

Admin 2 Press Releases, Stormont

In essence, this is ‘the go to guide’ for everyone involved in the local planning system. The SPPS reduces 20 separate planning policy statements to one. This provides the policy on key issues such as town centres and retail development, building in the countryside, creating and enhancing shared space, tourism, telecommunications and housing. Significantly, it also sets in black and …

Admin 2Durkan produces ’planning blue print’ to guide future planning decisions

Three listed buildings for Claudy: Durkan

Admin 2 Foyle, Press Releases, Stormont

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today listed two historic rural houses and an 18th century bridge near Claudy. Mark H Durkan said: “This is a boost for Claudy. The two rural houses protected are an important remnant of a fast disappearing part of our heritage and the bridge, with raised cutwaters is a particularly good example of a bridge from …

Admin 2Three listed buildings for Claudy: Durkan

Three World War Two hangars among proposed listed buildings in Derry: Durkan

Admin 2 Foyle, Press Releases, Stormont

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is proposing six new listed buildings for Derry. These include three former World War Two hangars beside the City of Derry Airport. A row of three terraced buildings in a prominent location on the Northland Road is also being proposed for listing. Mark H Durkan, who is consulting with Derry City and Strabane District Council …

Admin 2Three World War Two hangars among proposed listed buildings in Derry: Durkan

New Area Plan a boost for Causeway Coast and Glens: Durkan

Admin 2 Press Releases, Stormont

The Northern Area Plan is a blueprint for how the area should grow and develop. It identifies land for specific uses that will help the economy and provide more certainty in the planning process for people living in these areas. Mark H Durkan said: “This Plan will bring many benefits to the Causeway Coast and Glens area. This is an …

Admin 2New Area Plan a boost for Causeway Coast and Glens: Durkan

Durkan bans GM crops in Northern Ireland

Admin 2 Foyle, Press Releases, Stormont

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan today announced that he is prohibiting the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Northern Ireland. The Minister’s announcement follows an earlier EU decision to permit Member States to opt out of growing approved GM crops within their territories. Making the announcement at the launch of Environment Week in Parliament Buildings, Mark H Durkan said: …

Admin 2Durkan bans GM crops in Northern Ireland

High level of excellence for Northern Ireland’s beaches once again

Admin 2 Foyle, Press Releases, Stormont

In 2015, all 23 of Northern Ireland’s identified bathing waters met new stricter European standards for bathing water quality. Fourteen of the 23 met the highest EU standard, being classed as having “Excellent” water quality. A further seven were classed as having good water quality and two as sufficient. None of Northern Ireland’s bathing waters were classed as having poor …

Admin 2High level of excellence for Northern Ireland’s beaches once again