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Northern Ireland Agriculture and Food Conference 2016

Thursday 1st December
Craigavon Civic Centre, Co. Armagh
See website for details

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Santa at Castle Ward

Saturday 3rd December
Castle Ward
Adult £8 Child £16 Member Adult £8 Child £16

Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 3rd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Anna Pavord In Conversation

Saturday 3rd December
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy
£5

Anna Pavord In Conversation

Saturday 3rd December
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy
£5

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Energy in Northern Ireland – the energy market, renewables and security of supply

Tuesday 6th December
TBC, Belfast
See website for details

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Wednesday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7, Child £15

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Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market

Saturday 10th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Magical Christmas

Saturday 10th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Tree Planting

Sunday 11th December
Gilford Castle, Golford Village
Free

Decorate Your Gingerbread Man

Monday 12th December
Rowallane Garden
12noon – 2.30pm

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Christmas Social Event

Sunday 18th December
TBC
Free

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High Hedges Legislation 16 March 2012

High hedges legislation to become law

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said that new legislation designed to resolve disputes over high hedges, will become law on 31 March.

The Northern Ireland High Hedges Act is designed to help people who are adversely affected by high hedges bordering their domestic property. The Act deals specifically with evergreen and semi–evergreen hedges that are more than 2–metres in height acting as a barrier to light to a neighbouring domestic property.

Commenting on the legislation today, the Minister said: “This is an important piece of legislation which I hope will go a long way towards reducing the number of disputes over high hedges.

“District councils will have an important role in administering and enforcing the legislation. They will investigate complaints and will have the power to issue remedial notices requiring hedge owners to take action to reduce the height of a hedge found to be causing a problem.

“However, before bringing a complaint, complainants will be expected to have discussed the issue with their neighbour in an effort to resolve the dispute.

“I hope that the very existence of the Act and its financial implications will be an added incentive for neighbours to reach agreement.”

Failure to comply with the terms of a notice served by the Council will be an offence. The penalty for non–compliance with a remedial notice will be a fine of up to £1,000. There is also provision for a further fine for continued non–compliance.

Concluding Minister Attwood added: “I want to ensure that long–suffering complainants will not be out–of–pocket. The Department has also brought forward legislation to transfer to the ‘hedge owner’ the obligation to pay for the investigation.

“I am pleased that the necessary fee legislation is now in place and complainants will not be expected to pay more than £360 to have a hedge complaint investigated. Councils can now deal with high hedge complaints and we will see an end to the blight of high hedge problems.”