Council set to debate the A5 road motion

Local councillors will debate a motion later today calling on the Regional Development minister to press ahead with the planned construction of the A5 road project.

The motion has been tabled by Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan and calls on Danny Kennedy to ensure there are no delays in the building of the Derry to Aughnacloy road.

It will be debated at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council which will be held in the Guildhall this afternoon.

In a recent debate on the matter at Stormont, unionists voted against a motion supporting the construction of the road.

Colr. Hassan said; “The construction of the A5 Western Transport Corridor represents a massive opportunity for the provision of strong infrastructural networks which will aid the economic regeneration of the North West region.

“Sinn Féin again welcomes the commitment of the Dublin government in providing funding of 400m Euros and it is now incumbent on the new Regional Development minister to rise above narrow party political considerations and to drive this key project forward.”

Colr. Hassan also said he understood the concerns of landowners along the route of the proposed raodway who may lose land to make way for its construction.

“We do have to be conscious of the implications for some members of our community who will be affected by the scale of this construction scheme and the Department has a responsibility to manage this process as sensitively as possible but the overall benefits to hundreds of thousands of our citizens must be of paramount importance,” he said.

He also said the road would benefit the entire north west region and called on other parties on Council to support the motion.

“Sinn Féin is asking Derry City Council to support our motion welcoming the continuing support of the Dublin government and calling on Regional Development minister Danny Kennedy to confirm that the A5 road will be completed without delay,” he said.