Council embroiled in heating scandal
Thursday, 22 December 2016
ANTRIM and Newtownabbey Council has become embroiled in the highly controversial Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, but 10 months on it still has no idea whether it has been accepted.
The Council submitted its application on February 29 - the very day that Jonathan Bell pulled down the shutters - but by then there was smouldering concern that an initiative designed to promote renewable heat technology and slash carbon emissions was haemorrhaging cash.
And by the time the epic scale of the £400 million scandal was finally revealed, by former Antrim Guardian reporter Conor Spackman and his Spotlight team, it threatened to engulf Stormont itself.
It is understood that Antrim and Newtownabbey is the only local authority in the province to sign up to the largely discredited scheme.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian
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