‘Executive Ministers should take a leaf from Durkan’s book’ – Rogers

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
South Down Assembly Member and SDLP Spokesperson on Education Seán Rogers has welcomed the decision by his party colleague Environment Minister Mark H Durkan to make the Planning Service application process more efficient and to secure a faster turnaround on planning applications.

SDLP MLA Sean Rogers

Speaking to Newry Times, Rogers said, “This news will be welcomed by developers, the construction industry and business in general. “Indeed there will be a broad welcome in many walks of life for the Ministers decision to expedite matters relating to the planning application process. As public representatives many of us are all too aware of the frustration that Red Tape is causing in our education system and in our health service. “The bureaucracy associated with the smallest of grants in the Housing Executive is off putting for many deserved would be applicants. Ask any farmer to name the greatest deterrent facing the agricultural industry and the unanimous answer will be “Red Tape”, he insisted. “Paperwork is killing farming and many other facets of family and business life. I would appeal to the other Ministers in the Assembly Executive to do as Minister Mark H. Durkin has done. Rogers added, “Step back and take a look at how the bureaucracy within your respective offices is to no one’s benefit. A willingness to improve the efficiency of the system is all that is required and I congratulate Minister Durkan for recognising this simple fact.”
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