25 March 2006

DUP battles plans for Boyne site incinerator

Belfast Telegraph

By Linda McKee
25 March 2006

The DUP has lodged a planning objection to the siting of a large waste incinerator on the site of the Battle of the Boyne.

The move follows calls by the major Orange institutions to extend the existing Bru na Boinne World Heritage Site to take in the battlefield.

A cement works has already been built on part of the battlefield, but Orange institutions opposed plans to extend it. They said it was vital to prevent further industrial improvements from disfiguring the site.

DUP environment spokesman Jim Wells visited the proposed site of the incinerator and the cement works yesterday. correct

Cross-border lobby group Battle for the Boyne welcomed news that Mr Wells had lodged an objection to the planned incinerator with Meath County Council Wednesday evening.

The incinerator, proposed by Belgian firm Indaver, would be close to the Bru na Boinne site that covers Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, representing 1,200 Orange lodges, and the Independent Loyal Orange Institution, representing 25, have called for the battlefield to become part of this site, arguing it is of major significance in terms of the future development of western European and world history.

A spokesman for Battle for the Boyne last night said the 21st century battle to protect the heritage of the Boyne Valley was underway.

"People from all shades of opinion on this island are saying 'No Surrender' to this type of cultural vandalism that is condoned by national and local government in the Republic," he said.

"Both Bru na Boinne and the Battle are ancient graveyards. Allowing heavy industry into the area would be a disgraceful move, especially when the local authorities have identified several other areas where an incinerator could be sited. The incinerator can be moved, the battle site and Bru na Boinne can't."

The Orange Orders say it is ironic the plans are being progressed when there are hopes of developing an interpretative centre at Oldbridge to highlight the heritage surrounding the Battle of the Boyne.

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