16th November 2012: Fingal County Council has published a Report documenting the stakeholder feedback they received from local people and other stakeholders during the third phase of non-statutory public consultation on the Greater Dublin Drainage project in June and July this year. The Project Team anticipate the decision on the emerging preferred site option, for the project will be made in Spring 2013. The site option will included for the new regional wastewater treatment works for the Greater Dublin Region in north Dublin, a route for a new orbital sewer and a location for a new marine outfall to the Irish Sea. A planning application will then be made to An Bord Pleanála, the independent planning board. The Report is available to download from www.greaterdublindrainage.ie.
“People can read in this Report about the issues stakeholders raised during the most recent, third non-statutory public consultation on the project, held in June and July this year” says Peter O’Reilly, Project Engineer, Fingal County Council. “Members of the Greater Dublin Drainage Project Team are currently reviewing all the feedback they received and they are also undertaking technical studies on the three emerging preferred site options for the new regional wastewater treatment works and the associated orbital pipeline and outfall location. These three emerging site options are located at Annsbrook, Newtowncorduff and Clonshaugh.”
Public Consultation Report on Alternative Site Assessment Phase Two: Emerging Preferred Sites and Routes, May 2012 can be downloaded, free of charge from www.greaterdublindrainage.ie.
The results of the ongoing technical studies and the feedback contained in the Consultation Report will inform the Project Team’s decision on an emerging preferred site option. When an emerging preferred site option is identified next year, the Project Team will work closely with the local community within which the new regional wastewater treatment works will be built and with all other stakeholders to provide them with the information they need as the project progresses towards a planning application.
Fingal County Council is determined to bring the best possible project forward to be considered by An Bord Pleanála, when a planning application is submitted for the project. An Bord Pleanála will hold its own statutory public consultation and everyone will have another opportunity to make their views on the project known to the independent Bord, in advance of any decisions being made.
The Greater Dublin Drainage project is critical to secure the sustainable future of the Greater Dublin Area and will provide the essential wastewater infrastructure to support future jobs and enterprise. The new regional wastewater treatment works will be needed to augment the Ringsend regional wastewater treatment works after 2020 and will be developed in phases. When it opens, it will be no bigger than a sixth of the size of the Ringsend plant. Even when fully extended, by 2040, the new plant in north Co Dublin will not be more than one third of the size of the fully extended Ringsend plant.
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