East Derry Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín, and member of the Regional Development Committee, has welcomed the passing of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill through accelerated passage.
Mr Ó hÓisín said “This bill will add an additional 10% compensation, if land for new roads schemes are subject to a compulsory land purchase. This will more fairly compensate those farmers who are forced to give up their land for much need new roads schemes. This will be particularly the case along the routes of the A5 and A6 both of which are to start soon, where many small farmers are affected and where the loss of any significant amount of land would be detrimental to the survival of the farm business. Farmers will also be disadvantaged by having to cover much longer distances to access fields, due to the new schemes.
“The additional payments will mean 7.5 per cent Basic Loss Payment and a further 2.5 per cent Occupiers Loss Payment. The legislation will now face final assent and this is expected before the end of May.”