Sunday 22 October 2017

Locals' fury as super sewage treatment plant location set to be revealed

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

THE site for a super sewage treatment plant will be revealed tomorrow.

Two locations near Lusk in north Co Dublin and one in Clonshaugh, about 2km from Dublin Airport, were last year earmarked by Dublin Greater Drainage for the facility.

More than 10,000 residents lodged objections against the plant, fearing it will have a detrimental effect on farming and horticulture and destroy the local fishing industry and coastline.

A project spokeswoman said further detailed investigations and public consultations will be undertaken on the preferred option ahead of the planning application.

"It is intended to submit an application for planning approval to An Bord Pleanala in 2014," she added.

Three possible sites across Fingal were last year shortlisted for a plant to treat sewage which will be pumped from across Dublin and parts of Kildare and Meath.

They are Annsbrook, 2.7km west of Lusk; Newtowncorduff, 1km west of Lusk - both with a marine outfall pipe in the vicinity of Loughshinny - and Clonshaugh, 2.2km east of Dublin Airport, which would have an outfall pipe to the north east of Ireland's Eye.

Project engineers will reveal the preferred location to a meeting of Fingal County Councillors in Swords.

They maintain the regional plant in north Dublin will initially be about one sixth the size of the Ringsend plant to cater for a population equivalent of 350,000 in 2020 when the plant opens.

It will be capable of treating up to 700,000 population equivalent when it is at full capacity by 2040.

Senator Darragh O'Brien said despite the thousands of objections that have been lodged by residents of north Dublin, Fingal County Council and Environment Minister Phil Hogan are pressing ahead with plans to locate a monster treatment plant in the area.

"They have already wasted nearly 18 million euro on planning this monstrosity," said the Fianna Fail senator.

"The Government have it in their gift to stop this. They must listen to the people of Fingal."

Campaign group Reclaim Fingal Alliance has vowed to continue its battle against a large scale treatment plant anywhere in the area, which already deals locally with its own wastewater.

Brian Hosford, chairman, said despite the decision he wants a cost benefit analysis and new environmental assessment to examine the economic and social consequences of a potential environmental disaster and to take account of population and economic changes in recent years.

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