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Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 2nd April
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Ballysillan Community Garden

Sunday 3rd April
Ballysillan Community Garden, North Belfast
Free

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’This Land’ – a play on fracking

Wednesday 6th April
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
£8 – £10

’This Land’ – a play on fracking

Thursday 7th April
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
£8 – £10

’This Land’ – a play on fracking

Friday 8th April
Waterside Theatre, Derry~Londonderry
£8 – £10

’This Land’ – a play on fracking

Saturday 9th April
The MAC, Belfast
£8 – £10

Good Food Market

Saturday 9th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 9th April
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring in Action for the Beach Clean

Sunday 10th April
Murlough NNR
N/A

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Hedge Management

Sunday 17th April
Gilford Castle
Free

World Heritage Day

Sunday 17th April
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pet Nose Day

Sunday 17th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Northern Ireland Philanthropy Fortnight 2016 It’s the Economy Stupid!: Investing in Heritage

Monday 18th April
The Performance Area, Linen Hall Library
Free

1916 and After

Monday 18th April
Down County Museum
Free

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NIEL Environmental Hustings Event

Friday 22nd April
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island
Free

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Music at the Summer House

Sunday 24th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Four Peaks Challenge

Sunday 24th April
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3

Jazz in the Gardens

Sunday 24th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Paws in the Park

Saturday 30th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Vintage Rally

Saturday 30th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Plant Fair

Saturday 30th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

 

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.”