Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (207, 208, 209, 210)

Seymour Crawford

Question:

204 Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when funding will be made available for the extension of the water scheme in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27620/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The Carrickmacross water supply scheme has been approved for funding in my Department's water services investment programme 2004-06 under the rural towns and villages initiative with an estimated cost of €1.9 million. Monaghan County Council's preliminary report for the scheme is under examination in my Department and will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Seymour Crawford

Question:

205 Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when funding will be provided for the Monaghan town sewerage scheme; his views on whether the lack of proper collection system in Monaghan is the main cause for housing scarcity and high priced housing in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27621/04]

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Significant funding has been allocated under my Department's water services investment programme 2004-06 to facilitate new house building in Monaghan. The Monaghan town sewerage scheme has been approved to begin construction in 2005 at an estimated cost of €13.2 million. Monaghan County Council's preliminary report for the scheme is under examination in my Department and will be dealt with as quickly as possible. The scheme will eliminate constraints in existing collection system and pumping capacity and will allow additional loads from the town to take up the spare capacity currently available in the town's wastewater treatment plant.

The water services investment programme 2004-06 is also funding two wastewater schemes with a combined estimated value of €5 million, under the serviced land initiative which is designed to open up additional areas for housing development. The Old Armagh Road-Castleblayney project, which is already in progress, will provide services for up to 1,000 new residential sites. The second scheme will service a further 600 residential sites in the north eastern collection area and I understand that Monaghan County Council is currently preparing detailed proposals for submission to my Department for approval. These proposals will be given early attention on receipt. Both serviced land initiative projects can be implemented independently of the Monaghan town sewerage scheme and neither is dependent on the increased collection system or pumping capacity being provided under that scheme.

Noel Grealish

Question:

206 Mr. Grealish asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the current status of the Clarinbridge water supply connection to the Tuam regional water supply scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27626/04]

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The Tuam regional water supply scheme and extension to Clarinbridge is included in my Department's water services investment programme 2004-06 to commence construction in 2005. My Department is awaiting receipt of additional information requested from Galway County Council in May 2004 to enable it to finalise its examination of the contract documents for the scheme.

Dan Neville

Question:

207 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding the provision of a sewerage scheme for Adare, County Limerick. [27627/04]

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I refer to the reply to Question No. 496 of 2 November 2004.