Posted on October 13, 2011 1:02 PM   |   Permanent Link   

Dublin North East TD Seán Kenny today warned that the proposals for sewerage treatment could have negative impact on Portmarnock Beach and Dunes. "A presentation was made to Fingal Co Council on Monday last relating to the provision of the proposed new Super Sewerage Treatment Plant in north Dublin. This treatment plant would be on par with Ringsend on the Southside of Dublin and developed over approximately 20 years when even the current North Fringe Sewer, which presently goes to Ringsend, would be diverted northwards." "The two sites locally are Cloghran and Clonshaugh. The coast at Portmarnock and Baldoyle is something that being looked at, specifically at Baldoyle estuary and off the Velvet Strand." "I have had further clarification from the consultants about this. They have stated that (given the nature reserves and designations) such an outfall would have to be done via a tunnel under the Baldoyle Estuary and Portmarnock dunes out a distance of 8km, beyond Ireland's Eye." "It is important for residents to note that they can get involved with the public consultation for the plans for the project. Fingal County Council has published a Report, identifying nine potential land parcels in the northern part of the Greater Dublin Area, for further investigation as possible locations for a new regional wastewater treatment works, associated marine outfall locations and routes for the orbital drainage system." "The report and accompanying map is available to download from www.greaterdublindrainage.ie. Fingal County Council is undertaking six weeks of consultation with all interested parties from 10th October to 18th November 2011 on the potential land involved and the issues that should be considered in determining the ultimate locations for this vital new infrastructure." "Residents and those concerned can attend any of four Open Days to be held in Fingal County Council, Main Street, Swords, where the Project Team will be available to discuss the Report and listen to your views. Open Days are - Saturday 22nd October at 11am to 4pm Wednesday 26th October at 2pm to 8pm Thursday 3rd November at 2pm to 8pm Saturday 5th November at 11am to 4 pm" "Written submissions can be sent, before 18th November 2011, to - Greater Dublin Drainage Project Manager, C/O RPS Group, West Pier Business Campus, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. You can also e-mail for further information to - info@greaterdublindrainage.ie" "I would urge residents to engage in the consultation process" Sean Kenny TD concluded.