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Minister’s Statement: April 2014

On Friday 25th April 2014, Transport Minister Danny Kennedy issued the following statement:-

Three reports on the potential impacts on environmentally sensitive sites of the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme are being made available to the public.A fourth report on the Tully Bog Special Area of Conservation will be available in September 2014.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: "The publication of these reports represents the first of a series of further consultations on the A5WTC project. I would encourage people to view the documents which will be on display at a number of public offices over a six week consultation period.”

The Department is also reviewing and updating:

  • the Environmental Statement for the full length of the scheme, from New Buildings to south of Aughnacloy;
  • the draft Direction Order for the scheme between Newbuildings and Ballygawley; and
  • the Draft Vesting Orders for the scheme between Newbuildings and Ballygawley.

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Habitats Regulations Assessments:

The EC Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora) establishes the requirement for an assessment of potential impacts upon Natura 2000 sites in Article 6(3) and 6(4). The Habitats Directive was implemented in Northern Ireland by the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended).

In exercising its functions under this legislation, the Department hereby seeks the opinion of the general public on three reports prepared to inform appropriate assessments on the Natura 2000 sites as below:-

Lough Foyle and Lough Neagh & Lough Beg Ramsar Sites

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Sac Watercourses

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Lough Foyle SPA, Lough Swilly SPA and Lough Neagh & Lough Beg SPA

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Compensation Guides

Land & Property Services is an Executive Agency within the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel. It provides advice to Government Departments and other public bodies on the assessment of compensation following acquisition of land.

The following links relate to the Compensation Guides produced by Land & Property Services, which gives guidance on compulsory purchase and associated compensation. There are three documents covering compensation issues, including:

  • Agricultural Owners and Occupiers
  • Business Owners and Occupiers
  • Residential Owners and Occupiers

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