Treat­ment plant plans pro­gress­ing

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

A PLAN­NING ap­pli­ca­tion is due to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála along with an En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact State­ment by the end of this year in re­la­tion to the pro­posed Arklow waste­water treat­ment plant. In a up­date to lo­cal elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Ir­ish Water this week con­firmed that the fore­shore li­cence for marine in­ves­ti­ga­tion works at the old Wall­board fac­tory on North Quay has been granted.

‘These works in­clude ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sur­veys, eco­log­i­cal sur­veys and geotech­ni­cal sur­veys and will be car­ried out in Arklow Bay and the es­tu­ary of the Avoca River. To date non-in­tru­sive site in­ves­ti­ga­tion works have been com­pleted with fur­ther works to take place. Ir­ish Water is pro­gress­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign of the WwTP and land­scape de­sign of the site. This will en­sure that the de­sign is to a high stan­dard and will com­ply with the plan­ning pol­icy for the area and will re­flect the marine set­ting of the lo­ca­tion. Ir­ish Water in­tend to make the pro­posed de­sign of the WwTP pub­lic in the Au­tumn in ad­vance of sub­mit­ting the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion,’ the up­date out­lined.

Fol­low­ing a site se­lec­tion process the North Quay site was se­lected as the pre­ferred op­tion for the plant which, when op­er­a­tional, will end the dis­charge of un­treated waste into the Avoca River.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for a Waste­water Dis­charge Li­cence will be made to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) in par­al­lel with the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ir­ish Water in­tends to make the pro­posed de­sign of the WwTP pub­lic in the Au­tumn in ad­vance of sub­mit­ting the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The old Wall­board site.

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