The Green Party has described new designations by the Department of Environment for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in county Down as utterly astonishing.

Green Party Downpatrick cllr Cadogan Enright said: The DOEs new designation for AONBs is seriously flawed. The AONB status of Tyrella Beach and the wildlife beach at Minerstown have been revoked, but a car park at a supermarket and take-away receive newly designated AONB status. It has left many local people perplexed to say the least.

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By Cadogan