Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (381)

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Ceist:

457 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of applications for sewerage schemes from Kerry County Council; the details of the locations of the schemes; the estimated cost of each scheme; their status within his Department; the number of these applications to be funded in 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4044/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

A copy is being sent to the Deputy of the list of water and sewerage schemes identified by Kerry County Council in response to my Department's request to each local authority to undertake a fresh assessment of the need for capital works in its area and to prepare a prioritised list of projects based on the assessment. This assessment is the council's most up to date and complete statement to my Department of its current water and sewerage infrastructure proposals.

Details of approved water services schemes in County Kerry are set out in my Department's water services investment programme 2003 — 2005, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library. The programme sets out a timetable under which funding will be provided by my Department to facilitate the commencement of specific schemes during the period 2003 to 2005. Funding is also available to allow schemes included in the programme under the rural towns and villages and serviced land initiatives to proceed to construction once the contract procurement process has been completed. In addition, the programme identifies schemes that have been approved to advance through planning and to which construction start dates will be assigned in future phases of the programme.