Updated: 13/03/18 : 06:11:21
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Sewerage upgrade works must be carried out without delay – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry has given a cautious welcome to the commencement of one of 4 crucial sewage treatment upgrades at Grange.  Works are also due to be carried out at Strandhill, Ballinafad and Tubbercurry.

Deputy Mac Sharry explained, “I have been raising concerns about the long delays in promised upgrade works at sewerage treatment facilities at Strandhill, Grange, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad.  I was particularly worried about speculation that Irish Water was considering lowering the capacity at the plants in Strandhill and Grange, however I have now been informed that capacity has been increased to levels which will facilitate the growth of both areas.

“While workers are now on site in Grange, I will be keeping a close eye to ensure that work begins at Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad gets underway without delay so that the proposed completion dates in 2019 are met.  These communities have been waiting far too long for these upgrades to be approved, and this has stifled the potential of these areas to grow and perform.

“On completion, the Strandhill facility will see capacity increased from a population equivalent of 1500 to 3700, Grange will increase from 280 to 900 while Tubbercurry will see its capacity more than double from 1400 to 3500.

“With the much needed additional capacity it is also vitally important that Sligo local authority and central government provide the necessary investment in other infrastructure such as schools, roads and amenities to facilitate this growth.   I will be keeping a close eye to ensure that these works are completed on time and on budget and that work continues to provide these communities with the other supports necessary to increase their potential,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.