Leonard to appear before EU Commission
Coleraine Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard is to take his petition against the cumulative effect of four waste management sites in the Ringsend area of Co. Derry to Brussels in the autumn.
Cllr Leonard raised the petition on behalf of the community claiming that our local planning and environment authorities have, contrary to EU directives, not considered the cumulative effect of all the various sites and applications. He will appear before the EU Commission in early October or November.
Cllr Leonard said:
“I am pleased that we have got this far and the European Commission have now thought my case worthy enough of a formal hearing.
“I put together a paper based solely on EU Directives and put it to the EU Petitions Committee that the authorities here have not considered the cumulative effect of four sites in such a small area, as directed by Brussels. They have accepted that my argument is worthy of further consideration.
“It is interesting to note that when Sammy Wilson was Minister for the Environment his reply to my correspondence on this issue was less than poor. I have since put the same points to his successor Edwin Poots and it seems he is taking longer to consider the matter.
“Obviously there will be more work preparing for this hearing but you have to make the best of getting the process this far. I have already received great assistance from our MEP Bairbre de Brún and her staff and now that Bairbre is to serve on the new Petitions Committee her advice will be invaluable.” ENDS