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Press Releases

Here you will find links to the Press Releases issued by the Committee for the Environment arranged with the most recent at the top of the list.


Committee Scrutinises Proposed New Increases in Carrier Bag Charges

The Committee for the Environment is now considering the proposed Carrier Bags Bill, which will apply charges to a wider range of carrier bags and increase the amount of the charge.

Reference: ENV 14/12/13



Committee Focuses on Wind Farms in West Tyrone

The Committee for the Environment travelled to Omagh earlier this week to hear from local organisations about wind energy development in the area. Members of the Committee received briefings from West Tyrone Against Wind Turbines and Omagh and Strabane District Councils’ Joint Working Group on Wind Farms.

Reference: ENV 15/12/13



Committee to Scrutinise Major Reform of Local Government

The Committee for the Environment is now considering the Local Government Bill, which will introduce significant changes to local government in Northern Ireland. The Bill will provide for new governance arrangements for local councils, including changes to how decisions are made and how positions of responsibility on councils are shared across political parties. It will also introduce a new ethical standards regime and council-led community planning arrangements.

Reference: ENV 01/13/14



Environment Minister to Brief Committee on Key Issues

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment will receive a briefing from the Minister of the Environment, Mr Mark H Durkan MLA.



Committee Explores Wind Energy Issues

The Committee for the Environment has commenced a review into wind energy, with a focus on the environmental and planning aspects of wind energy development.

Reference: ENV 02/13/14



Committee Secures Delay to Extension of Carrier Bag Levy

The Committee for the Environment has secured a delay to the introduction of new charging arrangements for carrier bags to allow more time to communicate the changes to the public.

Reference: ENV 03/13/14



Environment Committee Proposes Changes to Local Government Bill

The Committee for the Environment has today published its report on the Local Government Bill, which will make significant changes to how local government will operate, including the introduction of new governance arrangements.

Reference: ENV 04/13/14



Committee to Examine Proposed New Road Safety Legislation

The Committee for the Environment has begun its scrutiny of legislation that will propose a range of new measures to improve road safety in Northern Ireland.

Reference: ENV 05/13/14



Committee Concern as Road Deaths Continue to Rise

During a recent briefing from the PSNI, members of the Environment Committee expressed their increasing concern about the rising number of fatal accidents on roads.

Reference: ENV 01/14/15



Swords facility provides state of the art resource, say Committees

The Environment Committee recently joined forces with the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure to view the Resource Collections Centre at Swords.

Reference: ENV 02/14/15


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