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Ballymaguigan concerns addressed by Minister Gildernew

6 October, 2009

Magherafelt Sinn Féin councillor, Peter Bateson has welcomed confirmation from Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew that work is to commence at the mouth of the Moyola river to alleviate issues in relation to ongoing flooding problems and the build up of sandbars.

Cllr Bateson who recently facilitated a meeting between the agriculture minister, River Agency officals as well as representatives of the Ballymaguigan Community Deveopment Association and local farmers said:

"The concerns held by local people in relation to the detrimental effects of sandbars building up at the mouth of the river as well as the formation of a considerable island are being addressed as result of a very positive local engagement with Minister Gildernew.

"The problems encountered by local residents have been attributed to changes in our weather pattern over the course of recent years. Such changes has resulted in flash flooding which in turn has ensured a rise in the volume of water trying to escape at the mouth of the river. The constant build up of sandbars over a twenty year period needs to regularly monitored and a plan for river management put into effective operation.

"Assurances have been given by Minister Gildernew that these issues will be addressed and that work will commence during the month of October 2009". ENDS

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