Coastal Erosion: DAERA Action

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 22 April 2024.

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Photo of Harry Harvey Harry Harvey DUP 3:15, 22 April 2024

T2. Mr Harvey asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline the action that his Department intends to take to minimise the impact of coastal erosion, given that he may be aware of the concerns of many of his constituents in relation to coastal erosion in Kircubbin. (AQT 202/22-27)

Photo of Andrew Muir Andrew Muir Alliance

I thank the Member for his question. I regularly receive correspondence on the subject. There is no formal departmental responsibility for it, but it is an increasing issue, especially for coastal communities in Northern Ireland. I saw that at first hand when Diane Forsythe took me to Kilkeel and I saw the cliffs and some of the areas affected there. It also affects other areas around Northern Ireland. I intend to meet the Minister for Infrastructure in the time ahead so that we can scope a way forward for the Executive on the issue. I understand the concerns around it, but I am also aware that funding is needed to accompany actions on it.

Photo of Harry Harvey Harry Harvey DUP

I thank the Minister for his reply. Is he willing to meet a delegation from the area to discuss the matter?

Photo of Andrew Muir Andrew Muir Alliance

I would be delighted to do so. If the Member follows that up with my private office, hopefully, we will be able to schedule it.