Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
from Mr David Gordon
Further to our telephone conversation of 28/2/01,
please find enclosed:
1) Signed hard copies of the two e-mails, with
dates suitably amended, plus text-only of the same messages.
2) Newspapers cuttings:
- Larne/East Antrim Gazette ("I will be vindicated",
in which Mr Beggs confirms ownership of the land;
- Newtownabbey/Larne Times ("Pollution fears
at Beggs' dump", 22/2/01)1 in which Customs and
Excise confirms that landfill licence holders, such as Mr Beggs,
are legally responsible for landfill tax payments;
- News Letter ("MP at ease in Commons dump
probe", 23/2/01),1 one of a number of articles
in which the MP states his "case for the defence";
3) Documentation supplied by Mr Leslie
Hood, who lived beside Mr Beggs' Ballyrickard Road landfill site
for a number of years:
- Map of the dump site, relating to the MP's successful
1989 planning application for the infilling agricultural improvement
- Letter from the planning service confirming permission
had been granted for a farm bungalow development on land beside
Mr Hood's home. This was issued some months before Mr Beggs became
As I stated in my initial e-mail, I am a senior reporter
with the Newtownabbey Times and have reported in detail on the
I am, of course, writing in a personal capacity.
I would appreciate it if confidentiality could be
maintained, if possible.
1 March 2001
Letter to Mr Leslie Hood and Mrs M Hood
from Divisional Planning Officer, Department
of the Environment for Northern Ireland
With reference to your letter dated 22:6:83 regarding
the above I would advise you that after due consideration the
Department has decided to grant planning permission to this development.
In arriving at this decision the Department took
into account your objection to the proposed development but decided
that on planning grounds it was not appropriate to refuse permission.
The Decision Notice and plans relating to this application
can be inspected at the above office during normal working hours.
12 January 1984