Planning Minister to discuss Morelli’s sign

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The Minister responsible for Planning is to discuss the case of the Morelli’s ice cream sign in Ballycastle.

The owners of the ice cream parlour say their distinctive sign is being ‘frozen out’ of Ballycastle by planners.

The owner, Romeo Morelli, said that the Planning Service was threatening him with a £2,500 fine if they did not take their new sign down.

Members of Moyle District Council met last Monday night with a representative from the Planning service.

She informed the meeting that Minister Mark H Durkan had indicated that he would be looking at the case.

When the Times contacted the Minister’s office, a DoE spokesperson said: “The Minister is aware of this issue, he has asked to meet with officials to discuss the matter.”


Plans for a dwelling and garage near Straid Road in Bushmills have been refused by Planners.

The application by Mr L Halliday was turned down due to the plan not “visually integrating” with the surrounding landscape.

Cllr Robert McIlroy asked for an office meeting with Minister Mervyn Storey to discuss the matter further.

Planners agreed to put the decision on hold for two weeks to facilitate the request.

Plans for a dwelling and garage on a farm near Cairns Road in Cushendall were also turned down,

The application by Mr J O’Kane was refused as it had not been demonstrated that the farm was an active business and that the proposed dwelling does not link visually into the buildings already established on the farm.

Cllr Margaret Anne McKillop requested an office meeting with MLA John Dallat to discuss the matter further. This was agreed.

Plans to alter windows at 14 Strandview Road, Ballycastle, were also refused by Planners.

There was one letter of objection to the application by Jonathan Hamill.

Planners turned down the scheme due to the plans being ”unsympathetic” to the appearance of the property and the fact that they would “unduly affect the privacy and amenity of the neighbouring property”.

Cllr Robert McIlroy asked for an office meeting with Minister Mervyn Storey to discuss the matter further.

Cllr Joan Baird said she was “very disappointed” with the refusal “given what has gone before in the neighbourhood”.

Plans for a hydro-electric scheme at Glenshesk road, Armoy, were also refused by Planners as they said the application did not show that the plan would not have an adverse impact on fish.