Min­is­ter to open plant

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

MIN­IS­TER for the En­vi­ron­ment Phil Ho­gan will be in Shankill on Thurs­day to open the new Shanganagh-Bray main drainage scheme at Shanganagh Cliffs. Ir­ish Water will run the fa­cil­ity which is jointly funded by Bray Town Coun­cil and Dun Laoghaire-Rath­down.

Some coun­cil­lors in Bray, which has bud­geted €1m to­wards the plant in 2013, have ob­jected to the fa­cil­ity be­ing turned over to a pri­vate com­pany.

' This is when peo­ple are go­ing to feel it, when those water charges come in,' said Cllr Ciaran O'Brien. ‘ They will prob­a­bly be €350 per house­hold. They are go­ing to take over and we will con­tinue paying.'

Ac­cord­ing to the town en­gi­neer Marc Dev­ereaux, by 2014 an ar­range­ment will have been reached be­tween Ir­ish Water and the coun­cil. As­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties will have been trans­ferred over by 2017 and Ir­ish Water will take full con­trol of the fa­cil­ity. ‘We were told to keep do­ing what we are do­ing and more will be made clear by 2014.’

Mean­while, there will be a protest against the charges at the open­ing to­mor­row (Thurs­day) at 12.30 p.m. Sinn Féin rep­re­sen­ta­tives John Brady from Bray and Shane Con­nolly O'Brien from Dún Laoghaire will lead the protest. ‘Peo­ple just have not got any more to give,' said Cllr Brady. ‘Peo­ple are strug­gling as it is and putting a tax on their homes and their water will be

the fi­nal straw.'

LEFT: Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment Phil Ho­gan.

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