Counterpoint: Not in My Back Yard

Counterpoint: Not in My Back Yard

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County Down, Newtownabbey




Transmission 01/04/1989


25min 09sec




1 inch



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Presenter Brian Black explores the issue of waste management in Northern Ireland, "as a society we are creating more waste than ever' and running out of places to put it!

This statement brings us to a valley in County Down which the council have decided to develop into a landfill site. This has been met with much outrage from local people who agree it is needed but "not in my back yard". Protesters include Paddy Fitzgerald, a farmer who says he would rather have his job than compensation and Dinah Browne who adds that, just because you can't see the horror, doesn't mean it's not there. 

One of the key problems with landfill sites is the potential threat they pose to the environment. This is evident in Newtownabbey, where such a site has caused the local river to become polluted, making it hard for both fish and plants to survive. The lack in regulation is also a topic of contention, as well as the recycling facilities available.

The episode wraps up with three main conclusions reached; the first, that landfill will not go away, the second, that pollution costs money and, the third, that the landscape is destroyed.

Other interviewees include Frank Ferguson, Sue Christie, Derek Boyd, Jack Currie, Jim Lamont, Jack Gault, Cllr. Don Cheyne and Jim Lynas. 


Counterpoint is Ulster Television's landmark current affair series, which was also broadcast to a national audience on Channel4. Series' editor, Derek Murray described Counterpoint as addressing a "wide range of social concerns which affect every family in Ulster".


Presented by Brian Black

Directed by Tony Boyle

An Ulster Television Production



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