Thursday, 5 April 2007

Questions (21)

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

18 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding phase two of Castleisland sewerage scheme, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13312/07]

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

Kerry County Council's Castleisland Sewerage Scheme Stage 2 is included in my Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007 as a scheme to commence construction in 2007, at an estimated cost of €5.57m. The scheme involves the upgrading of the existing town sewerage system in Castleisland and the extension of the sewer network to cater for unserviced existing and future development in the town environs for the next 25 years.

In January of this year, my Department asked Kerry County Council to review certain aspects of the Preliminary Report. Because of the large scale of the provision for future development in the current proposal the council was asked to review, in particular, the scope of the scheme and to consider carrying out the work in a number of phases. My Department also asked the Council to review its Water Services Pricing Policy Report for the scheme. This review will allow the value of the Exchequer and the non–domestic sector capital contributions towards the overall cost of the scheme to be determined and should result in a reduced cost to the County Council. My Department is awaiting a response from the Council.