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Brakes put on plan to close Northern Ireland's DVLA building

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Plans to close Northern Ireland's Driver and Vehicle Licensing (DVLA) centre are on hold.

Westminster has agreed to look again at a proposal which could mean the loss of more than 300 jobs at the centre in Coleraine.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood, who has held talks with the UK Transport Minister Stephen Hammond, welcomed the decision to undertake a consultation process which he claimed would create the space to argue for job retention.

"The impact of the closure of DVLA licensing would be great," said Mr Attwood.

"The job losses would be big. To offer help on one hand, with the recent economic pact, but on the other hand end up with 300-plus Driver and Vehicle Agency job losses is not credible."

The Government wants to centralise operations in Swansea and move more services online.

Mr Attwood said the consultation was a partial outcome but noted there was still much work to be done to guarantee the jobs.

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