West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Omagh Council in special meeting over flooding.

Published: 17 November, 2011

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillor and chairman of Omagh District Council, Frankie Donnelly has revealed that there is to be a special meeting of the Planning committee of the council on Monday evening. The meeting will assess, and hear an update on, the progress being made by the various agencies and the practical support offered to date for those affected by the flooding.

Speaking ahead of the meeting councillor Donnelly said:

"The cases of flooding experienced in Tyrone at the end of October were the worst in a number of years. Particularly in places such as Fintona and Beragh the flooding had a devastating impact for local homeowners, businesses and community facilities. Elsewhere throughout the district many have been adversely affected by the flooding.

"In the immediate aftermath of the flooding the Executive made commitments to ensuring that those affected will be properly compensated and promised to make flood protection a priority, promising a long term solution against further flooding. This meeting is about ensuring that this memorandum of goodwill is being progressed.

"In order to address these issues we have specially convened a meeting of the Omagh District Council, this meeting is about bring all the agencies concerned together to update councillors on the progress made on the various issues. Representations will be made at the meeting from DRD Roads Service, NI Water, Rivers Agency and Planning and Local Government Group

"We have informed the Statutory agencies involved of the rationale for the meeting, so we hope to hear the practical response of what has been done since the flood to alleviate the burden on the local families, business and communities concerned. Furthermore we will be looking to see the plan for the time ahead and what progress has been made to date.