Members meet engineers to discuss flooding

Harry Doherty, ESB; David Jordan, Andrew Wilson, UFU county chairman Davd Brown, Albert Foster, UFU vice president Barclay Bell, Henry Mayne, and Brian Drummond, ESB
Harry Doherty, ESB; David Jordan, Andrew Wilson, UFU county chairman Davd Brown, Albert Foster, UFU vice president Barclay Bell, Henry Mayne, and Brian Drummond, ESB

A ‘Flooding Committee’ of Fermanagh UFU members, headed by county chairman David Brown, and accompanied by deputy president Barclay Bell, recently travelled to the Ballyshannon Hydroelectric Power Station to discuss the flooding situation with ESB engineers.

This was followed by a meeting in the Killyhevlin Hotel afterwards, attended by over 30 members, with UFU Policy Officer Kate Cairns.

Members highlighted their concerns, not only about damage to their land and buildings but also about the safety of travelling to and from their homes and farms on flooded roads.

Some families have felt extremely isolated and confined to their homes.

The Flooding Committee members have met several times and are reviewing all available reports and data to gain an accurate picture of the flooding situation, including its causes, and identify possible solutions, including work on the inter-lough channel between Upper and Lower Lough Erne.

Last week, David Brown and other members, including Matthew Harrison, representing members around Lough Neagh, attended a Rivers Agency review meeting in Cookstown where they took the opportunity to express their respective issues and push for action to remedy them.

On this note, members are reminded that policy officers and the presidential team are willing to talk to members about concerns they may have and that our Technical Officer Leslie Craig is in the office most Thursdays to discuss a whole range of issues, including: Single Farm Payment/Cross Compliance, Animal Health, Planning, Environmental issues, Employment, Drainage, Penalty appeals etc.

The Fermanagh UFU groups are currently organising a UFU study tour to Dusseldorf, Germany from Sunday 25 to Wednesday 28 September 2016 (four days/three nights).

The tour will be based in Dusseldorf and will include visits to several farms outside the city and a visit to the Claas machinery factory. To secure your place call the Enniskillen office on (028) 6632 6622.

Places should be booked and paid for by 31 March and booking is on a first come, first served basis.