UFU warns members to submit A6 claims before deadline

UFU Deputy President William Irvine on his County Armagh farm. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is warning members that if they need to submit a compensation claim for the A6 road, this must be done before Monday 18 September. After this date, landowners affected by the A6 development will no longer be able to, nor can they take legal action against the Department of Infrastructure (DFI) as the statute of limitations will have expired.

UFU deputy president William Irvine said, “We are frustrated by the limited communication on the A6 claims deadline that is fast approaching. The UFU contacted the DFI about this matter and requested a blanket extension, but it has been denied. However, extensions to individual cases will be considered. I urge landowners who have been impacted by the A6 to contact their agent as soon as possible to finalise claims or request an extension before Monday 18 September.

“To aggravate the situation further, whilst the A6 road officially opened in April this year, a number of our members have experienced major disruption to their farm business through the vesting of land and there is still accommodation works being completed. It is unacceptable that the Department is seeking to prevent any further claims from being settled.”