Dun­can­non busi­nesses sick­ened by plant de­lay

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DDAVID LOOBY

A PROM­I­NENT Dun­can­non busi­ness­man has de­scribed the an­nounce­ment by Ir­ish Wa­ter that works will not com­mence on a waste wa­ter treat­ment plant in the Dun­can­non area for sev­eral years as dam­ag­ing to the com­mu­nity.

As far back as 2003 res­i­dents were in­formed that a solution was in sight to the sewage prob­lem, but the plant has been de­layed time af­ter time.

Niall Roche of Hooked Kite Surf­ing said the treat­ment plant was sup­posed to be built in 2009 but is now un­likely to be op­er­a­tional un­til 2021.

Sewage is be­ing pumped into the sea just off Dun­can­non habrour near the beach where tens of thou­sands of peo­ple visit ev­ery year.

Speak­ing on the Sean O’Rourke show, Niall said: ‘Peo­ple have been bury­ing their heads in the sand (about this).’

He re­called jump­ing off the pier and swim­ming in the wa­ter with friends in his child­hood, a joy de­prived chil­dren in the vil­lage to­day.

‘It’s too dirty. At low tide it’s a very nar­row chan­nel and it comes back on the beach which is closed a cou­ple of times dur­ing the sea­son.’

He said Arthurstown and Bal­ly­hack are also af­fected.

Mr Roche said the beach is kept quite clean but lo­cal business is suf­fer­ing.

Phillip Wal­lace of Dun­can­non Hol­i­day Park said his business is also af­fected.

‘Last sum­mer I was turn­ing away dozens of cus­tomers ev­ery day, that’s up to 120 fam­i­lies a week. We have more space (to ex­pand) but we were told there is no point ap­ply­ing for it un­til a treat­ment plant goes into Dun­can­non. We are just at a stand­still here. We pay for the in­flow and the out­flow so ef­fec­tively lo­cal busi­nesses are pay­ing for the sewage to be pumped into the sea which is ham­per­ing our business.’

AN En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) re­port has high­lighted the need for sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing in waste wa­ter treat­ment plants for Dun­can­non, as well as Arthurstown, Bal­ly­hack and Kil­more Quay.

The re­port found that treat­ment is in­ad­e­quate in many ar­eas and that un­treated sew­er­age is be­ing dis­charged in wa­ters off the four vil­lages. Ir­ish Wa­ter has ap­pointed en­gi­neer­ing ser­vice providers to un­der­take de­tailed de­sign, plan­ning and pro­cure­ment ser­vices of the waste­water in­fra­struc­ture re­quire­ments for these ar­eas. ‘ These projects will not only bring ben­e­fits in terms of com­pli­ance but will also en­sure that there is an ad­e­quate treat­ment of waste­water, for now and into the fu­ture, as well as pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. It is en­vis­aged that plan­ning, de­sign and con­struc­tion will take ap­prox­i­mately three to four years and will be un­der­taken be­tween 2017 and 2021.’

Ir­ish Wa­ter said it will to en­gage with the lo­cal com­mu­nity over the course of each projects de­vel­op­ment.

A lo­cal busi­ness­woman said: ‘Shock­ing that this is be­ing put on the back burner yet again! As a com­mu­nity we need to kick up a ruckus. We are fed up of these empty prom­ises. It’s go­ing to im­pact busi­nesses, em­ploy­ment, nev­er­mind the lo­cal com­mu­nity’s en­joy­ment of the area!’

Niall Roche of Hooked Kite Surf­ing said the treat­ment plant was sup­posed to be built in 2009 but is now un­likely to be op­er­a­tional un­til 2021

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