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Temporary water storage concerns

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Cllr Shay Cullen

Cllr Shay Cullen

Cllr Gerry Walsh

Cllr Gerry Walsh

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Cllr Shay Cullen

There are fears that the lack of long term water storage for Newtownmountkennedy may affect the village's development.

Cllr Shay Cullen (FG) called for a suspension of standing orders during the June meeting of Wicklow County Council to discuss the issue of water supply in Newtownmountkennedy.

He said while Irish Water had plans for temporary reservoir, a long term solution was needed to avoid building in the area stopping.

Cllr Cullen called on the local authority to engage with Irish Water to arrange a meeting and deal with the issue urgently.

Supporting the motion, Cllr Gerry Walsh (FF) said the issue had a serious impact on the area, particularly in terms of employment.

Cllr Irene Winters (FG) agreed the issue would be discussed at 4.15 p.m.

During a discussion of the Chief Executive's Report for May, Cllr Tom Fortune (Ind) said he became aware of the Irish Water storage plan 'third hand and this should not be the case'.

He argued that there was a need for better communication between council staff and public representatives on the work of the local authority.

Later in the meeting, councillors were told that a number of issues raised would be responded to in writing due to time constraints. Cllr Cullen was asked if he would accept a written reply to the concerns raised about Irish Water's plan for temporary water storage in Newtownmountkennedy.

Cllr Cullen said he would be happy for the council to look into this issue. He said it was a serious concern as it had the potential to stop building in the area if it was not resolved.

Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, said he would follow up with Irish Water about their long-term plans for water storage in Newtownmountkennedy.

Colm Lavery, Director of Transportation, Water and Emergency Services, said the local authority was waiting for details from the developer on the next phase. There had been a plan for a permanent reservoir but this did not go ahead as it had been needed due to the economic downturn.

Irish Water had plans for a temporary facility.

Mr Lavery said the council did not want to delay housing or industry in the area.

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