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‘Incinerator decision cannot impact on A5 progress’ – Begley

8 August, 2018 - by Órfhlaith Begley

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has insisted that the recent court case surrounding a controversial incinerator in Antrim cannot be allowed to derail progress on the A5 road project.

She commented: “I am aware that some concerns have been raised locally as to the possible implications on the A5 from of the Hightown incinerator case when the court ruled that officials did not have the authority to approve the project in the absence of an Executive.“While these concerns are understandable, the two projects are very different cases. The court was clear that Hightown needed Executive approval because it was a ‘controversial and cross-cutting’ project.“The A5 is in a very different position because it already has Executive approval. In fact, it is an Executive flagship project and the last minister Chris Hazzard put clear directions in place for the Department to proceed. There is therefore, no need for officials to take a different approach from that which has already been clearly set out.“I have been in contact with the Department for Infrastructure and they remain confident that they still have a very strong case with regard to the current legal objections before the courts. “Providing that case is resolved as expected, there is no reason why the A5 cannot proceed as planned.”

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