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Adjournment debate: Parkgate quarry

The UUP's Danny Kinahan brought the adjournment debate on plans for Parkgate quarry in County Antrim, on 6 March 2012.

The Planning Service withdrew two contentious planning applications for a waste facility and a landfill at the quarry in February 2012.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood explained these were withdrawn from a recent council meeting as certain matters raised by assembly members had not been addressed.

He said that the application was now up for approval again as these matters had been given the necessary attention.

Mr Attwood said he was restricted in what he could therefore say as this was a live application but acknowledged it was "a matter of controversy".

Mr Kinahan said he was not against recycling uses for the quarry, but said if a different route were possible "that may be a better way of doing it".

He questioned whether a full hydrological study would be a precondition in the possible planning approval and what conditions were likely to be attached if approval was granted.

He also stated that residents wanted to know that noise enforcements would be put in place.

South Antrim DUP MLA Trevor Clarke said "the roads issue had not been addressed".

Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin said the "impact on a small rural community can only be imagined".

David Ford of the Alliance Party said there were also issues of water quality not being addressed and the viability of shops affected by congestion.

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