The Freshford/Johnstown/Goresbridge Sewerage Scheme was included in my Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2007-2009. My Department approved Kilkenny County Council's brief for the appointment of consultants for the design and construction stages of the scheme, subject to some minor modifications, in September 2009.
Local authorities were asked in July 2009 to submit an assessment of needs for water and sewerage services to my Department by 23 October 2009. My Department is currently considering these assessments, which form a key input to the development of the 2010 to 2012 Water Services Investment Programme. In conducting their assessments, local authorities were asked to prioritise schemes and contracts for progression over the coming years based on key environmental and economic criteria. I expect to publish the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 to 2012 shortly.