Archeological survey information Gateway Project

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Dear Newry, Mourne and Down District Council,
Could you please make public any archeological survey data that exist and any plans for further archeological surveys with regard to the Mourne Gateway project.

Yours faithfully,
David Archer

Rooney, Ruth, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Mr Archer

 

I refer to the above and write further to your request for information
dated 15 April 2024.

 

You have requested information in relation to Archaeological survey
information Gateway Project.

 

As your request relates to information which Council may hold about a
matter affecting land and the environment your request will be processed
in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Accordingly, you will receive the information you have requested within 20
working days of the date of receipt of your request by the Council unless
the Council does not hold the information or there is a reason to withhold
all or part of the information requested.  I will write to you in any
event. 

 

I hope to respond to your request as soon as practicable but no later than
14 May 2024.

 

For further information on the Environmental Information Regulations I
would direct you to the website of the Information Commissioner's Office,
[1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

If you wish to discuss the above please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards,

 

Ruth Rooney
Information Officer

Oifig Dhún Pádraig

Downpatrick Office

Downshire Civic Centre

Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road

Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

Council: 0330 137 4000

Direct dial: 0330 137 4825

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Rooney, Ruth, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Mr Archer

 

I write further to Council’s acknowledgement dated 16 April 2024.

 

REQUEST

You asked us:

 

Could you please make public any archaeological survey data that exist and
any plans for further archaeological surveys with regard to the Mourne
Gateway project.

 

We received your request on 15 April 2024.

 

We have handled your request under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.

 

OUR RESPONSE

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council holds the following recorded
information in relation to your request:

 

At this early stage of the Mourne Mountains Gateway Project, a high-level
initial desktop survey has taken place in relation to Archaeology, results
of this are detailed below:

Archaeology examination of the Northern Ireland Industrial Heritage Record
by Department for Communities revealed that there are no recorded
archaeological sites at the Thomas Quarry site. There is a listing for a
Mineral Railway & Granite Quarry which relates to the Bogie Line and the
earlier Millstone Quarry.

 

However, a more extensive assessment of the Archaeology and Cultural
Heritage of the area will be required due to the cultural heritage of the
area, this will include:

• A further desk-top survey which will consist of an examination of the
documentary archive relating to the defined Study Area, to identify
any known archaeological, built heritage and historic landscape sites
and features. This will involve consulting documentary archives
including:

Sites and Monuments Record (SMR); Industrial Heritage Record; Listed
Buildings Record; Historic Battle Sites; Defence Heritage Sites;
Excavations Database; OS Historic Maps; Aerial Photography; 19th century
Valuation Records/Historic Archives; Placename analysis.

• Literature review of select list of most relevant books, online
sources and other materials for folklore and placename analysis.
• A walkover survey of the Study Area will be required to identify any
known archaeological, built heritage and historic landscape sites and
features.

 

This work will be undertaken by the Integrated Consultancy Team through a
qualified archaeologist and will provide:

• Recommendations which will aim to close the gaps in knowledge.
• A risk log which will inform prioritisation.
• A summary of condition of extent and condition of each component and
recommendations for studies to understand remedial actions required.

 

ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE

Information on the subject of your request is also available on Council’s
website via the following weblink:
[1]https://www.newrymournedown.org/mournes-...

 

NEXT STEPS
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review, please let us know within 40 working days i.e. on or before 20
June 2024. You can contact Ms Edel Cosgrove, Assistant Director:
Administration (Acting), ([2][email address]) in that regard.

If you are still dissatisfied after our internal review, you can complain
to the [3]Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You should make
complaints to the ICO within six weeks of receiving the outcome of an
internal review. The easiest way to lodge a complaint is through their
website: [4]www.ico.org.uk/foicomplaints. For further information in
relation to the Environmental Information Regulations you may wish to
visit the ICO website: [5]www.ico.org.uk.

 

If you wish to discuss the above or require clarification on any matter,
please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Ruth Rooney
Information Officer

Oifig Dhún Pádraig

Downpatrick Office

Downshire Civic Centre

Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road

Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

Council: 0330 137 4000

Direct dial: 0330 137 4825

[6]www.newrymournedown.org

[7]www.facebook.com/nmdcouncil

[8]www.twitter.com/nmdcouncil

 

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information. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed in such
messages are not given or endorsed by the Council, unless otherwise
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of Information legislation, unless the information in it is covered by an
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