Crown Estate Monies Should Stay In The North
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called on local Councils who pay rent to the Crown Estate for the seabed to come together and put forward the case to have the present rental arrangements abolished for good.
Mr McMullan stated,
“In response to a question that I raised with Environment Minister Alex Attwood I was amazed to find that councils are paying over £222,000 to the Crown Estate for the rental of the seabed in their area.
“Rate payers in council areas already pay for the harbours, marinas and piers and all of these facilities produce revenue directly or indirectly. This money should be reinvested back into the local Council rather than going into the Crown Estate.
“It is time for Councils to come together and lobby to have these charges abolished as that this ludicrous charge is a burden upon many Council areas who are facing severe financial difficulties.
“Recently the Scottish Assembly came to an agreement that 50% of all the monies raised from the use of the seabed’s in their area was paid directly to the Scottish Assembly. I am calling on the Councils to push for a similar agreement whereas all monies raised in the North of Ireland remain here for the benefit of the local economy.”