Ir­ish Wa­ter blamed over hous­ing projects

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Po­ten­tial pri­vate and pub­lic hous­ing projects in East Cork are be­ing jeop­ar­dised by the util­ity com­pany Ir­ish Wa­ter, county coun­cil­lors have claimed.

Sev­eral coun­cil­lors have blamed Ir­ish Wa­ter for fail­ing to pro­vide “de­fin­i­tive time­lines” on when the com­pany will ad­dress se­ri­ous in­fra­struc­ture dif­fi­cul­ties in the re­gion.

It has been claimed the re­gion is lack­ing ad­e­quate wa­ter and sew­er­age ser­vices.

The claims were made at a meet­ing of the East Cork Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil last week. The coun­cil­lors said they can­not solve any hous­ing crises in the re­gion with­out the util­ity ad­dress­ing se­ri­ous is­sues.

A de­bate was prompted on the back of a re­cent re­fusal by An Bord Pleanála to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion for a large hous­ing project in Castle­mar­tyr.

An Bord Pleanála had re­fused plan­ning per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of 30 units on the out­skirts of Castle­mar­tyr due to the “ex­ist­ing waste­water con­straints” in the area.

The board said the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency had found the waste­water treat­ment plant serv­ing Castle­mar­tyr was sig­nif­i­cantly in breach of emis­sion limit val­ues which af­fected wa­ter qual­ity.

Coun­cil­lors Su­san McCarthy and Danielle Twomey both re­quested se­nior Ir­ish Wa­ter of­fi­cials en­gage di­rectly with the mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil to help solve the is­sue in Castle­mar­tyr and also to tackle ca­pac­ity is­sues with the Mi­dle­ton sew­er­age treat­ment scheme and sim­i­lar dif­fi­cul­ties in Gar­ryvoe.

“With such in­creased de­mand for hous­ing, both pri­vate and pub­lic, and mul­ti­ple large de­vel­op­ments planned, this mat­ter is of the ut­most ur­gency,” Cllr McCarthy said.

She said a lot of plan­ning per­mis­sions were in the pipe­line at the mo­ment and more were to come.

Cl lr Michael He gar ty de­clared: “How in the name of hell are we go­ing to ad­dress the hous­ing cri­sis be­fore us. It’s go­ing to im­pinge on growth if we don’t get a de­fin­i­tive time­line in place from Ir­ish Wa­ter.”

Cllr Mary Line­han-Fo­ley pointed out the mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil had writ­ten on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions to Ir­ish Wa­ter seek­ing meet­ings with se­nior mem­bers of their staff. But the ap­peals had fallen on deaf ears.

Cllr Twomey said the is­sue was so se­ri­ous in Castle­mar­tyr that the sys­tem was spew­ing sew­er­age into Coillte owned land there.

“There’s a waste­water treat­ment plant in Mo­geely which is nowhere near ca­pac­ity. Is there any way they can pump it to there?” she asked.

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