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Protest against toxic dump plans on doorstep of West Belfast - Maskey

26 November, 2015 - by Paul Maskey


West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said Sinn Féin will be holding a protest at the Blackmountain Quarry Site (177 Upper Springfield Road, BT17 OLU) tomorrow morning, Friday at 10.30am.

The West Belfast MP said:

“This protest is to highlight Whitemountain Quarries applying for planning permission to use the site to dump 300 tonnes per year of asbestos as well as an extra 2,400 tonnes of toxic waste.

“This will have a hugely detrimental effect upon west Belfast.

"These plans would allow for 2,400 tonnes of toxic waste along with 300 tonnes of asbestos to be dumped on the doorstep of West Belfast each year. 

"The west of the city already features highly in terms of health inequalities - this move can only compound that. 

“In environmental terms it will impact on the Black Mountain, its wildlife and environment as well as damaging the mountain’s economic value and potential for the city

“The Belfast Hills is a popular walking destination for people from all over the city as well as the many tourists that flock to Belfast.

“The waste will have to be transported through west Belfast to reach its destination, posing dangers to its residents. I would encourage all to attend the protest.

“This is totally unacceptable and we are calling on Whitemountain Quarries to withdraw their application and remove this threat to the local community and our environment.”

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