Published Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Westminster put the future of the jobs out to consultation after the centralising of the posts to Swansea was announced.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency revealed in December 2011 that it was considering shutting down its 39 centres and basing its services in the Welsh city.
Plans by the Department of Transport to modernise vehicle registration and licensing means a number of similar offices in the UK will close by the end of the year.
The department claims the move will save tax payers millions of pounds.
The consultation process ended on Wednesday, and DVA staff told UTV that they expect to hear an outcome within 90 days.
On Wednesday, DVA staff gathered on the steps of County Hall in Coleraine as the Minister arrived to discuss retaining the posts.
The recently appointed Environment Minister told UTV that he has demanded a meeting with Transport Secretary Stephen Hammond before a decision is made.
"I dispute that it is a done deal. I have already written to MPs, I've written to every MLA, I've been assured of cross party support and I believe that we have to take this battle - the Assembly has to take this battle to the highest level and if that means OFMDFM going to the prime minister - that is what needs to be done."
Mr Durkan continued: "It's important that we don't lose this fight - it's a fight that we are united on and that's the only way we can win it."
The SDLP MLA for Foyle added that he has "the unanimous backing from MLAs right across the political spectrum."
John Dallat, SDLP MLA's for the East Londonderry constituency, added: "I hope this is the beginning of the political campaign to save the 300 jobs in County Hall - but also to protect other jobs that would be lost as a result of these jobs going.
"From today on, the politicians will take over from the consultation and we are united in our determination to ensure that these jobs are not going out of Coleraine to Swansea - that they are staying here and that the new technology that is required to sustain them in the long term is granted because this nonsense has been going on for several years now."
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