Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (524)

Shane Cassells


524. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 260 and 261 of 19 September 2019, the specific case her Department considered an application for an activity requiring consent; and if a copy of the recommendations will be provided to the local group. [40581/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

My Regional and Headquarters staff have checked their files, and the specific case for which my Department has records is an application from Navan Anglers for permission to carry out an Activity Requiring Consent under the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 on the Boyne Main Channel from Kilcarne Bridge to Navan.

The location in question is located within both the River Boyne and River Blackwater Special Area of Conservation (SAC 002299) and the River Boyne and River Blackwater Special Protection Area (SPA 004232).

No formal recommendation was made in this case as it was felt that further information was required in the form of a Natura Impact Assessment. Having considered the nature of the proposed works and how these might impact on the aquatic species for which the site was designated, as well as the potential impacts involving disturbance of several Alien Invasive Species on site, namely Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed, the Navan Anglers were advised verbally to contact the Planning Authority (Meath County Council) to determine whether or not planning permission was required for the proposed project.