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Groups join forces to lodge formal complaint


The groups fighting against plans for a goldmine and processing plant in Greencastle have joined forces to launch a legal challenge against the proposal.

Save Our Sperrins, Greencastle Community Voices and Communities Against Mining have lodged a formal complaint with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).

They want DfI to refuse what they have described as a ‘corrupt application’. The call is being made on the basis that Dalradian Gold failed to complete a ‘fit and proper’ pre-consultation process.

“Many in the Greencastle community and beyond are of the belief that meaningful information was not made available to the impacted community by Dalradian Gold NI, and in particular the probability of harmful toxins being used and created in the processing systems and waste mountain,” said Cormac McAleer, chairman of Save Our Sperrins.

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“The community wants Dalradian Gold to come back to the community and do a fit and proper pre-consultation process. Our community has been treated very badly and a blatant process was designed to railroad this application through without due process.

“This is the most malignant planning application in the history of the island of Ireland. We will not stand idly by and be ridden roughshod over by a clique of gold processors.”

Tyrone Green party representative, Ciaran McClean said he was deeply concerned that the application could be passed in the absence of a Stormont Minister and proper scrutiny from elected representatives.

“Now we are seeing one of the biggest planning applications ever lodged arriving on the table when there is no minister or elected Assembly to carry out the vital scrutiny needed. This is not the way business should be done,” he said.

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