A5: Ballymagorry

Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 22nd February 2016.

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Photo of Ross Hussey Ross Hussey UUP 3:15 pm, 22nd February 2016

T2. Mr Hussey asked the Minister for Regional Development, who will not be surprised to be asked a question about the A5, to confirm that, as part of the consultation process, she will give serious consideration to protecting the circular lough walk in the Ballymagorry area, which he toured on Saturday with some local residents who showed him the walkway on the boundaries of the village, where the proposed route of the A5 will cross the Greenlaw Road and Park Road, basically cutting off the walkway. (AQT 3532/11-16)

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for his question. As he has identified, some alterations are proposed to the lough walk area. However, it is my understanding that my Department intends to ensure that there is public access to that area, and that will be maintained. Obviously, there is an opportunity for that to be raised during the consultation process. I am happy to speak to my officials about the area in question, and I will then write to the Member.

Photo of Ross Hussey Ross Hussey UUP

Again, I thank the Minister for her response. That response will be greatly appreciated by the people of Ballymagorry. Again, thank you for your letter.

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for that.