Community in bid to halt sewage plan
A COMMUNITY in north Dublin held a protest at the weekend over fears there will be a new attempt to dump a monster sewage plant on them.
Campaign group Fairshare said Fingal County Council, along with six other local authorities, has appointed consultants to find a coastal site in North Co Dublin for a regional sewage plant and an outfall pipe into the sea.
The plant will serve Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. At this stage, all the authorities will say is that the plant will be located somewhere in the northern part of the greater Dublin region. However, the Fairshare group, which managed to stop an initial attempt to impose the huge plant on Portrane in 2005, now fears a new bid will be made to target the village as the location.
Fairshare said the community had fully endorsed the building of a sewage plant for Portrane, Donabate, Rush and Lusk.
However, it said that the fact that Portrane was within 10km of eight EU designed and protected sites made the area unsuitable for a huge sewage plant to serve the entire east coast.
Fairshare highlighted the proximity of protected estuaries at Rogerstown and Broadmeadow.
The requirements of the EU Birds Directive and the EU Habitats Directive meant the seaside village was the wrong site, said Fairshare co-ordinator Charlie Weston.