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Craigantlet Quarry

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings there have been between Water Service and Tarmac Ltd. to discuss further development of the company’s quarry at Craigantlet in the North Down constituency. (115770)

The Chief Executive of Water Service (Mrs. Katharine Bryan) has written to the hon. Lady in response to this question.

Letter from Mrs. Katharine Bryan, dated 18 January 2007:

You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question about what meetings there have been between Water Service and Tarmac Limited to discuss further development of the company’s quarry at Craigantlet in the North Down Constituency 115770. I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.

The Water Service land adjacent to Tarmac Limited’s quarry at Craigantlet was declared surplus on 30 May 2003. In accordance with Government Policy on the disposal of such land, it was initially offered to other Government Departments and Agencies. As no interest was declared, it was referred to the Valuation & Lands Agency for valuation and a sale/option to purchase was agreed. The sale of the land is subject to the approval of Planning permission.

Since further development of the quarry is now an issue between Tarmac Limited and the Department of the Environment’s Planning Service, there have been no meetings between Water Service and Tarmac Limited.