Closing Date for Objections to SPA Designations approaches – Ó Domhnaill

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has today, Tuesday 27th September urged all landowners whose lands have been designated as candidate Special Protection Area (SPAs), and who are dissatisfied with the decision to ensure that they submit a written objection to the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht through the National Parks & Wildlife Service by Wednesday October 5th next.

Speaking today Senator Ó Domhnaill said; “The designation of lands as Special Protection Areas (SPAs) is causing significant annoyance to farmers and landowners within the six recently designated areas in Donegal. “

“Designations are being imposed by the Government through the National Parks and Wildlife Service in order to satisfy the EU Birds and Habitats Directive. The designations have been made without any prior consultation with farmers or landowners which in itself is totally unacceptable.”

Ó Domhnaill went on; “These designations are being made by the Government with a view to protecting the Corncrake and therefore I would urge all landowners in the designated areas in West Donegal which include Malin Head, Fanad, the West Donegal Islands (Inishboffin, Inisdooey, Tory Island, Gola Island, Inis Meain, Inis Oirtheair) Falcarragh to Meenlaragh encompassing the townlands of Ballyconnell, Ballyness, Drimnatinney, Killult, Magheroarty and Meenlaragh to submit objections to the National Parks and Wildlife Service by next Wednesdays closing date. “

“Restrictions for landowners whose lands have been designated as Special Protection Areas are far reaching for example the consent of the National Parks and Wildlife will be required to landowners for draining and fencing works, building and planning permission for one off houses or agricultural facilities, crop rotation, permission to place certain livestock on your own lands.”

“I am also calling on the Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht  and Officials in the National Parks & Wildlife Service to deal sympathetically and realistically with all objections which they receive given that there has been very little or no corncrake activity in a large proportion of the designated lands in the County during 2011.  I would question the validity of the scientific data used to categorise SPA areas and I believe that the Department must take this into consideration when accessing all objections. “

“Standard objection letters can be obtained by contacting my Gortahork Office at 0749165466.”

Posted: Sep 27, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized