Causeway Coast & Glens Outdoor Recreation Action Plan

6 07 2014
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Outdoor Recreation NI is currently working on an Outdoor Recreation Action Plan (ORAP) for the Causeway Coast & Glens area.  The Plan is the third and final study to be completed as part of a suite commissioned by Sport NI.  Previous Plans have been completed for the Sperrins and Mournes area. The aim of the Plan is to provide an audit of the current provision of 30 different outdoor recreation activities, identify gaps in provision and opportunities for future development/enhancement and produce an Action Plan which recommends priorities for development.
Three public consultations events have been organised, two of which took place at the start of the week with the last scheduled for Mon 7th July at Moyle Council offices in Ballycastle at 7pm. 
Upon completion a report and action plan will be published and presented to the Causeway Coast & Glens Outdoor Recreation Forum.  It is anticipated that the Plan will strengthen the support for future funding and development projects
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No need to rush into National Park designation

11 09 2012

Acknowledging the fact no enabling legislation has been enacted for the designation of National Parks, Moyle SDLP Councillors Dónal Cunningham and Catherine McCambridge have nevertheless urged the DOE not to rush into any designation particularly in relation to the Glens of Antrim and the CausewayCoast.

The Glens of Antrim and CausewayCoast area are already amongst the most protected natural environments. Designations include AONB(Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), ASSI (Area of Special Scientific Interest), WHS (World Heritage Site), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) as well as Conservation Towns and Villages, all of which serve  to conserve natural beauty – which by statute includes wildlife, physiographic features and cultural heritage as well as the more conventional concepts of landscape and scenery

Moyle Council has been proactive in improving sustainable tourism and access to the natural environment; at this stage it is not clear what improvements, if any, National Park designation would bring.





Late UNESCO intervention not helpful

20 06 2012

Reacting to news that UNESCO is to call for a further delay in the development of the Bushmills Dunes Golf resort project, SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has expressed his frustration that this call, coupled with the National Trust’s decision to mount a legal challenge will delay the revitalisation of the local economy.
Cllr Cunningham said: “The best interests of the people here and across the North haven’t been at the heart of this decision. This planning application is over a decade old; surely UNESCO and the National Trust have made their representations to the planners, the planning decision had numerous conditions attached, and the plan itself made great use of environmentally friendly technology”
“On the eve of the Irish Open to be staged in Portrush, when we’re all working together to try and create jobs and boost our local economy; the timing of this really couldn’t be worse.
“The tourism spin-off which could be generated from this golf resort is manifold, not just in Bushmills, but in Ballycastle, the Glens and the North as a whole.
“At a time when youth unemployment is soaring and there is such a deep sense of hopelessness among young people, these delaying mechanisms will do little in the way of discouraging our youth from emigration.





National Trust ‘sabotaging’ tourism development

14 06 2012


SDLP Moyle District Cllr Dónal Cunningham has said the National Trust’s decision to legally challenge the development of a golf resort at Runkerry will delay the revitalisation of the local economy.

Cllr Cunningham said: “The best interests of the people here and across the North haven’t been at the heart of this decision.

“On the eve of the Irish Open, when we’re all working together to try and create jobs and boost our local economy, the National Trust appears to be trying to sabotage our tourism prospects; their timing really couldn’t be worse.

“The tourism spin-off which could be generated from this golf resort is manifold, not just in Bushmills, but in Ballycastle, the Glens and in the North as a whole.

“At a time when youth unemployment is soaring and there is such a deep sense of hopelessness among young people, this legal challenge will do little in the way of discouraging our youth from emigration.

“I appeal to the National Trust to take into account the wider benefits which this development will bring to our region, rather than just serving their own interests.”