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Mallon announces commencement of review of special events legislation

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that a review of the special events legislation is live.

The Roads (Miscellaneous Provision) Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 was enacted following a public consultation and Northern Ireland Assembly scrutiny. The legislation provides the power to close a road so that a special event, such as a street party or sporting event, can be held on it. In most cases the power is provided to the local council in which the road is located. The exceptions being any event proposed for a special road, which are mainly motorways, for which the Department for Infrastructure is responsible.

Announcing the commencement of the review, Minister Mallon said: “The review of the special events legislation will allow all interested stakeholders to have their voices heard on how the legislation is operating. The special events legislation was introduced following public consultation and was subsequently passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

“I am aware that concerns have been raised by councils, sporting bodies and other organisations about how the legislation operates. Having listened to those concerns, I am pleased to announce that I have asked my officials to carry out a review on how the legislation is operating in practice, with a specific objective to identify areas where possible improvements to the process and how events are delivered can be made.

“Anyone with an interest in this area will be able to contribute to the review from today by accessing the online questionnaire at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DfI_Special_Events

“We will also be writing directly to sporting bodies and other key stakeholders to ask them to participate in the review and I would encourage anyone with an interest in special events to share their view and make their voices heard so that together we can make sure our legislation is fit for purpose and for our communities.”

The closing date for responses is Thursday 24 September 2020.

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