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Wednesday 16 April 2014

€4m on tap for Millstreet

PLANS for a €4.1 million wastewater treatment plant for Millstreet have got the green light from the Dept of Environment.

PLANS for a €4.1 million wastewater treatment plant for Millstreet have got the green light from the Dept of Environment.

Minister Phil Hogan this week approved Cork County Council's design proposals for the Millstreet plant upgrade.

The scheme will involve upgrading and expanding the Millstreet WWTP in order to cater for the current and future needs of the town and provide a treated effluent in compliance with applicable current legislation.

The minister said the works will ensure a much better level of service to all consumers in the catchment area while protecting the local water courses.

Given the importance of the scheme locally, Minister Hogan said he "will be asking Cork County Council to press ahead with the preparation of contract documents for the proposed works with a view to seeking tenders at the earliest possible date."

Local FG deputy Aine Collins has described the announcement as "fantastic news".

"The upgrading of the Millstreet WWTP is crucial to ensuring that our wastewater needs are met and has been needed for some time," she said. "It is envisaged that the works to be undertaken will be extensive which underlines the current state of disrepair of the facilities that are in place. This makes this investment in the town even more welcome.

Saying the upgrade will be a great boost to encourage new business in to the local area, Deputy Collins added: "these measures will benefit the community immensely".

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