Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Alex Attwood under fire in National Park row

Environment Minister Alex Attwood announced a 500,000 pound renovation fund for Londonderry

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has been accused of failing to show leadership over the National Park issue.

Alliance environment spokeswoman Anna Lo said it is now time for a campaign group to be set up to help deliver a National Park, saying the minister had “given up”.

She said she is writing to a number of groups to determine who would be interested in kickstarting a campaign in support of a National Park.

“The Department of the Environment approached this issue in completely the wrong manner,” she said. “What we need to do is to have a campaign to build support around this. The Environment Minister has failed to show leadership on this issue.”

A DoE spokesman dismissed the claim that Mr Attwood was not showing leadership on the issue.

He said the minister has met and continues to meet privately with a range of groups on the issue of a National Park.

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