UFU request meeting with Regional Development Minister regarding A5 WTC

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013

The Ulster Farmers’ Union have requested an urgent meeting with the Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy following his decision to accept the ruling of Mr Justice Stephens to halt the A5 project.

UFU President Harry Sinclair said; “The recent ruling by Mr Justice Stephen to halt the A5 road project and the DRD Minister’s decision not to appeal is at least progress in what has been a long drawn out process for many people. However, the Minister’s decision to carry out a more comprehensive assessment conducted on the two specific Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) have unfortunately prolonged the uncertainty for the landowners involved.  While we are pleased that the Minister has recognised the need to engage with landowners to carefully work through the next steps in relation to land issues, landowners do not want to see this process dragged out any further, creating even more uncertainty.  Therefore it is vital that a conclusion is reached as quickly as possible.”

Harry continued; “After the Union discusses the issue with Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy, we will arrange a meeting for UFU members affected by the proposed A5 WTC road development scheme. In the meantime we will continue to work to ensure that our members are treated fairly and are supported during this uncertain and stressful time.”