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SF pipe-dream is pillaging people's land

I AM writing about the white elephant which is the A5 North Western Corridor.

I welcomed Eamonn McCann's column a few weeks ago. In times of austerity the proposal is to spend approximately £650m on a dual-carriageway between Aughnacloy and New Buildings which is not even justified by the Roads Service criteria of 19,000 vehicles per day.

I am told more than 200 farms and homes are threatened with compulsory purchase - many owned by families for generations. This appears to be a Sinn Fein cross-border pipe-dream. What price a public inquiry to be held in 2011 when Conor Murphy, Pat Doherty and Martin McGuinness have stated the decision has been made?

Why pay huge sums for window-dressing? Contractors have already been provisionally appointed. Meanwhile, consultants Mouchel rake in about £1m-per-month when health budgets are being cut. I have met many distressed persons who do not know where to turn to stop this rape of their land and their homes unique countryside. Where are the environmentalists now?

JAMES McFARLAND

Lisburn, Co Antrim

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