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Strabane District Council's Chairman, Councillor Thomas Kerrigan, in response to the DRD Minister's Departmental response to the public enquiry on the A5 dual carriageway project said: "Strabane District Council welcomes the Minister's progress on this essential infrastructural investment in West Tyrone. Council has engaged in a successful lobbying campaign with the other Councils along the A5 route, to ensure that the Executive provides the funding to deliver the elements of the project progressing in the Autumn. Strabane District Council also welcomes the ongoing commitment to the completion of the section between Strabane and Omagh and we urge the Irish Government to bring forward it's funding to ensure the completion of the project."
"Strabane District Council is fully aware that some local residents and landowners are strongly opposed to this project because it is directly affecting their land or their property. Council would urge the Department to fully compensate those landowners affected by compulsory purchase or acquisition and to ensure that appropriate mitigation measures are put in place. Council trusts the Department will work to ensure that local landowners and residents are inconvenienced as little as possible by this project.
In the longer term, this £300 million investment will serve as a catalyst for wider economic growth. If we want Strabane District to prosper we have to build the infrastructure for us to compete effectively. It will provide a significant boost to the local economy and help to encourage inward investment. It will also improve road safety and reduce journey times."