Dun­can­non busi­nesses sick­ened by plant de­lay

Wexford People - - NEWS -

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 on RTE ra­dio, 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.’

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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