Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Ceisteanna (128)

Brian Stanley

Ceist:

128. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the sewage treatment works at Duncannon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21686/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

The Wexford Villages Sewerage Scheme was included in the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 amongst the schemes that were to advance through planning during the life of the programme. The scheme was to provide new and upgraded sewerage facilities in the County Wexford villages of Duncannon, Arthurstown, Ballycanew, Clonroche, Ballyhack, Campile and Wellingtonbridge.

Wexford County Council submitted Preliminary Reports for Duncannon and 10 other villages in County Wexford to my Department in 2007. These Schemes were included in the 2007-2009 Water Services Investment Programme. In 2009 my Department asked the Council to revise the Preliminary Reports to address issues such as the proposed development scale of each of the villages, affordability, population projections, etc.

A revised Preliminary Report for Duncannon and the other 6 villages included in the 2010 – 2013 Water Services Investment Programme was submitted to my Department in December 2013. The revised Preliminary Report had not been assessed by my Department prior to the transfer of responsibility for the delivery of Water Services Capital Infrastructure to Irish Water on 1 January 2014.

Irish Water has published its Capital Investment Plan for 2014 – 2016 and this provides for the transition of projects which were included in my Department’s 2010 - 2013 Water Services Investment Programme. Irish Water has confirmed to my Department that it has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via email to oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.