Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today made the Appropriate Assessment in accordance with the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995, signed the Confirmation Order and determined that the £6.5 million Shimna River flood alleviation scheme should proceed.
The procurement process to appoint a contractor for the scheme will commence shortly.
Minister Mallon said:
“I saw first-hand the devastation flooding caused in Newcastle on 26 August. I made a commitment to do all I could to expedite the scheme and I am pleased that today is another step forward in this process.
“The scheme has been remodelled to ensure the most up to date information from Storm Francis has been incorporated in the design. This will ensure a bespoke scheme that delivers for the 312 properties that will benefit from a reduced flood risk. I hope this brings some comfort and reassurance to homeowners in the Newcastle area.
“I also want to commend the work of the Regional Community Resilience Group (RCRG) , that is jointly led by my Department, in supporting the community that is at risk of flooding in Newcastle to enhance their resilience to severe weather events.”
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