Council delegation discusses local issues with Infrastructure Minister

Published: 8th August 2016

A cross party delegation of Fermanagh and Omagh District Councillors met with Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard MLA, in Belfast on Thursday 4 August 2016 to discuss flood alleviation and strategic road improvements in the district.

During the meeting the delegation, which included Councillors Alex Baird; Mark Buchanan; John Coyle; Sheamus Greene; David Mahon; Thomas O’Reilly and Victor Warrington, and the Minister discussed road improvements necessary to mitigate against future flooding in Co. Fermanagh.

The Minister confirmed five flood mitigation schemes will be progressed on the B127, Newbridge Road at the Share Centre; B533, Wattlebridge Road at Derrykerrib; C436, Inishmore Road; C441, Boho Road and U6525, Wellington Road spur at Enniskillen Bus Depot, Co. Fermanagh, over the coming months.

The Minister also advised that Rivers Agency officials are currently investigating the feasibility of a proposed flood alleviation scheme for Omagh.

In relation to strategic road improvements within the district, the Minister explained a consultant has been appointed to progress the Enniskillen bypass scheme to the next stage. He also updated Council Members on the A5 dual carriageway, advising that the scheme is progressing through the statutory processes but highlighted the need for additional funding to be secured for the scheme. He also explained that further improvements to the A32 are subject to funding becoming available. The Minister committed to further engage with the Council regarding the A5 and improvements to the A4 corridor in the near future and advised that he intended to visit County Fermanagh in the coming weeks.

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