Letter from Mr Gordon Best, Regional Development
Manager, Quarry Products Association, Northern Ireland to Mr Robert
Gilmore, Chief Executive, Banbridge District Council
Your name was given to me by Moyra McMaster
of the Ulster Farmers Union following a meeting between UFU and
the Quarry Products Association (NI) to highlight the impact that
the proposed Aggregates Tax will have on the farming community
in Northern Ireland.
We felt it would be appropriate to inform you
as Secretary of SOLACE that the proposed Tax, due to be "introduced
on 1 April 2002" will have severe financial implications
for local district council budgets. Furthermore, it will adversely
effect both jobs and environment conditions in areas within 25
miles of the border.
I have included an editorial
which gives an outline of the QPA (NI) present campaign against
the tax and describes how the tax will impact on Northern Ireland.
After reading the editorial, I am sure you will
agree that the situation is of a serious nature and should be
raised with all district councils in Northern Ireland.
1 Not printed-see Minutes of Evidence p xx. Back