Department decision to appeal runs counter to public interest - Kearney
Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has expressed disappointment that the Department for Infrastructure intends to appeal Monday’s High Court judgment in relation to the planning application for the proposed ARC 21 Residual Waste Treatment facility.
The South Antrim MLA said:
“I am disappointed that the Department for Infrastructure has decided to ignore the views of North Belfast and South Antrim residents and appeal Monday’s High Court judgement on the planning application for the proposed ARC21 Residual Waste Treatment facility.
“When I met with Peter May on the 18th September I told him he had made the wrong decision in granting planning permission to the ARC21 proposal, and advised him to rescind that decision. He chose not to do so. That advice was vindicated on Monday.
“On Monday we advised the Department not to appeal the court ruling, but they have since ignored that advice as well.
"The Department for Infrastructure needs to start listening to what I as a local MLA, the NOARC21 campaign group, and residents from within the greater Hightown and Mallusk area are saying.
“The decision taken on Monday was a victory for local democracy, accountability and campaigning residents.
“The public interest, and the interest of Hightown residents’ safety was served by the High Court ruling last Monday. This decision to appeal by the Department runs counter to that public interest.
“Once again the Department for Infrastructure are on the wrong side of this issue. It should belatedly accept that fact and comply with the High Court judgement."