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Sinn Féin to raise Rural Planning Concerns at monthly Council Meeting

26 August, 2008


Sinn Féin Fermanagh Councillor Brian McCaffrey has said that Sinn Féin will use the next council meeting on Monday 1st September to raise concerns about rural planning policy and demand that the Environment Minister Sammy Wilson immediately publishes a rural planning policy that meets the needs of the people of this district.

Speaking today Cllr McCaffrey said:

"The DUP have singularly failed in delivering a vibrant and sustainable rural planning policy. Former DoE minister Arlene Foster `chickened out` of making decision on rural planning when she had an opportunity to address the needs of the rural west.

"Her successor as Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson should immediately publish a rural planning policy that meets the needs of the people of this district.

"Citizens of this rural county have suffered enough because of this moratorium on rural planning. We need to see a rural planning policy that meets the needs of the rural dweller both farmer and non-farmer alike.

"The needs of the non-farmer, which makes up some 60% of the rural population, must be properly addressed.

"The sustainability of many of our local communities requires a renewed injection of life brought into them. Without a dynamic rural planning policy that can both protect the environment and support rural regeneration that will be more difficult." ENDS

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