Flood risk at Mobuoy Road discussed

A view of the River Faughan.
A view of the River Faughan.

The Rivers Agency and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) are discussing flood risk management for the A6 road scheme, which will pass directly over tonnes of illegally dumped municipal waste at Mobuoy Road.

DUP MLA Gary Middleton raised the matter with Rivers Minister Michelle O’Neill who revealed discussions were taking place.

“Pollution incidents are dealt with by the NIEA which is responsible for preventing or managing the effects of pollution entering waterways,” she said.

“In relation to the pollution at an illegal waste site at Mobuoy Road, Rivers Agency will be meeting with NIEA in early February to advise on flood risk management of the A6 Road scheme which passes directly over the waste site.

“Rivers Agency is represented on the Mobuoy Waste Stakeholder Group which was established by the NIEA in 2015.

“The source of pollution at Mobuoy Road is illegally dumped municipal waste. My Department’s remit and primary focus covers pollution from agricultural sources.

“It is committed to working appropriately with NIEA and other departments and agencies on a range of measures related to agriculture to prevent water pollution,” said the Minister.