New group opposed to national parks

MEMBERS of the rural community across north and east Antrim gathered together in Sheskburn House, Ballycastle, to voice their opposition to the Environment Minister Alex Attwood’s proposals to introduce National Park status in parts of the North.

The Ballycastle meeting witnessed the formation of a new group dedicated to opposing the introduction of National Parks in the North including the Causeway Coast and Glens.

Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig McShane who attended the meeting said he was delighted not only with the setting up of the group, but also with the quality of its membership.

The councillor said: “The group is drawn from right across Moyle and further into East Antrim. Many sectors are represented and are committed to protecting the rural way of life. This group will not be complacent and will lobby until Environment Minister Alex Attwood not only shelves his detrimental proposal but bins it”.