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Council figures reveal extent of illegal dumping scourge across NI

The amounts which Northern Ireland’s local councils are forking out every year to clean up after filthy fly-tippers have been revealed.

Environment
The sunrise over Lough Foyle from Quigley's Point, Inishowen, County Donegal. Oyster farming in the lough is unregulated and could be worth �20m, MPs have heard.

Call for regulation of £20m oyster farms

A political dispute over the ownership of a cross-border waterway has triggered the rapid spread of unauthorised oyster farms and needs to become a priority for government, MPs have heard.

Business
Tandragee Road and Thomas Street Portadown (Courtesy of Google Maps)

Fault causes lights to stay ON

In this era of frugality, residents of some Portadown streets have been astonished to find their street lights have remained ON all day .

Environment
Road works set to start on Lurgan's Lough Road

Traffic delays expected as £340k resurfacing work starts

The £340k resurfacing work on Lurgan’s Lough Rd is set to start soon with traffic delays expected particularly at train times.

Environment

WATCH: NI cows swim across lough to graze on fresh grass

Cattle at a National Trust wildlife haven in Northern Ireland have completed their unconventional annual pilgrimage – by swimming 100m across a lough to graze fresh pasture.

Offbeat

Pupils lives at risk on ‘dangerous’ footpath

A footpath close to a Lurgan primary school is putting the lives of children and parents at risk, the principal has warned.

Education
Meadowlane Shopping Centre

Meadowlane Shopping Centre open ‘as normal’ after flooding

Meadowlane Shopping Centre in Magherafelt is open “as normal” today, Saturday, after torrential rainfall flooded the premises on Friday.

Environment
Fly-tipping is a major problem across Northern Ireland.

Stormont plea to help fight fly-tippers

Northern Ireland’s taxpayers have been left to pick up a £500,000 bill for cleaning up more than 300 illegal waste sites over the past two years, it has been revealed.

Environment

Pig farming business granted right to challenge RHI scheme exclusion

A pig farming business has won High Court permission to challenge the exclusion of a planned £25m power plant from the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Crime
Crom Estate at Lough Erne

£2.6m lottery funding boost for Lough Erne

One of NI’s greatest natural treasures is set to benefit from a multi-million pound cash injection in a bid to protect and conserve the picturesque landscape.

Environment
The Aughrim Quarry site on Flowbog Road, Lisburn. Pic by Google

Public invited to have say on landfill site proposals

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on a planning proposal for a landfill site for non-hazardous waste at Aughrim Quarry, Flowbog Road, Lisburn.

Environment
Major pollution incident after massive slurry spill

Major pollution incident after massive slurry spill

A number of fish have died in a Co Tyrone river following a major pollution incident which is currently being investigated.

Environment
Farming minister George Eustice

UK may block Republic’s fishing vessels: minister

Ireland’s access to UK fishing waters could be suspended to apply pressure on the country to fix a “constitutional defect”, the Government’s fisheries minister said.

News
Kilroot electricity station in Co Antrim was due to be closed later this month

Power supply fears prompt call to keep Kilroot open

Kilroot power station should be kept open because of a energy reduction at a nuclear power plant in Scotland, an MLA has said.

Environment
A wind turbine. (Archive pic)

Cookstown wind farm plan refused

Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown.

Environment

Troubled Gobbins Cliff Path set for reopening

A troubled tourist attraction on the Antrim coast that has been plagued by a series of closures is to re-open to visitors tomorrow, having run up a potential repair bill of up to £2m.

News
If the plans go ahead new electricity pylons would have to be built

Landowners challenge cross-border electricity connection

A group of landowners has launched a legal challenge to a new £200m cross-border electricity line being given the green light.

Crime
BBC image from Blue Planet II: Bottlenose dolphins with a calf, Red Sea, Egypt. (C) BBC NHU. Photographer: Screen Grab

Straws and cotton buds may be banned

Plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds could be banned from sale in England under plans being set out by Theresa May.

Environment
NI's seaside towns such as Portstewart, pictured above, have been beset by bad planning writes John Mulholland

Bad planning is a seaside scourge

I have just spent three nights on the Causeway coast, where when the children were young we spent our holidays.

Environment
A computer-generated image of the plans

Almost full steam ahead for Londonderry railway station revamp

Translink has declared itself “delighted” that councillors on the Derry City and Strabane local authority have approved proposals to redevelop the train station for the city.

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