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Feb 2018 right left


Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

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

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


Durkan’s proposals for flooding 11 October 2013

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, has proposed new initiatives to reduce the risk of future flooding


The Minister also proposed in the Revised Draft Planning Policy Statement 15 ‘Planning and Flood Risk’, improvements to manage and recover from flooding events which occur.

Included in the policy is a proposal to address safety in reservoirs. This will require developers to provide assurances about reservoir safety before planning permission is granted for any new development close to reservoirs. 

Other key proposals are that developers will now have to submit a flood risk assessment within identified flood risk areas and demonstrate how these risks can be managed through, for example, building flood proofed buildings. 

Within areas protected by flood defences but still at risk from flooding, under the proposals there will be increased safeguards. This means that new developments where the young or vulnerable are potentially at risk from flooding such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes and nurseries, will not be permitted. Similarly, developments housing hazardous substances that would pose a health risk in the instance of flooding would also be refused planning permission.

In coastal flood plains there will be greater flexibility to facilitate development when the flood risk has been mitigated through raising the land to an appropriate level. 

There is also new guidance on sustainable drainage and the flood proofing of buildings in flood risk areas. 

Mark H Durkan said: “Up until the beginning of this year, there has only been one year (2010) that did not experience a serious local flood incident. Given the predictions for climate change, the frequency of these events is likely to increase in the future.

“While flooding is a natural phenomenon that cannot be entirely eliminated, we in government need to do all we can to address this recurring problem which can have devastating impacts on individuals and communities – especially the vulnerable. And let’s not forget the impact on buildings, and the delivery of services and the hardship experienced by people in the recovery and clean up period. Flooding can also directly affect schools, hospitals, businesses, transport and infrastructure and is therefore detrimental to our economy and society. 

“I believe it is important to ensure that the planning system continues to manage new development so as to further reduce the risk of flooding to people and property. I also think that developers building near reservoirs should take responsibility for ensuring their safety – making this a planning condition should help create a safer environment.”

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill, who has responsibility for the Rivers Agency, added: “I very much welcome this review of PPS 15 which will provide a clearer and more robust policy statement for government bodies, developers and their representatives on all aspects of flood risk arising from proposed development. My Department has been fully involved in the revised policy statement and I look forward to the outcome of the consultation process.”

The Environment Minister concluded: “Government is committed to limiting the devastating impacts of flooding and there is much joined–up work being progressed alongside full use of new information on flood risk. I am particularly grateful for the valuable contribution of DARD Rivers Agency in the development of the revised draft PPS. This revised policy and updated guidance is something that can have an impact on many people’s lives so I encourage people to participate in the consultation.”

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