25th March 2013

Review of the Fingal Sludge Management Plan and Carrying out of Associated SEA

Notice is hereby given that Fingal County Council intends to Review the Fingal Sludge Management Plan and carry out an associated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

The SEA is being developed in accordance with EU Directive 2001/42/EC and the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programme) Regulations 2004 and 2011.

Fingal’s current Sludge Management Plan (SMP) was completed in 2002 and made proposals for managing non-hazardous sludges arising in Fingal from Agriculture, Industry, Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment.  Fingal’s SMP needs to be reviewed to take account of changes in the intervening period including the proposal for a new Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of the Greater Dublin Drainage. A Strateic Environmental Assessment (SEA) must be carried out as part of this review.

The SEA Screening Report issued in January 2013 showed that an SEA was necessary.  The subsequent SEA Scoping Report identified the extent of the SEA Assessment in terms of the environmental aspects which may be significantly affected as a result of the review of the Sludge Management Plan (SMP).

The Draft Revision to the Fingal Sludge Management Plan and SEA Environment Report are now available for public consultation and can be downloaded free of charge from the project website. Digital copies can be obtained on CD at a cost of €5. Printed copies will be available to view at Fingal Co Council Planning counters. Printed copies are available for purchase at a cost of: Draft SMP €60; Environmental Report €168.

Come meet the Project Team at one of our Open Days in Fingal:

  • Wednesday 10th April from 2:00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. in Fingal County Council Civic Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown
  • Saturday 13th April from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m in Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords

Submissions can also be made by phone, in writing, or by email. In order to ensure stakeholder feedback is considered in advance of the project moving to the next phase, all feedback for this consultation should be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 19th April 2013.

Further information on the project, including the SEA Screening Report, may be downloaded from the project website: www.fingalcoco.ie/Water/WaterServicesProjects/WastewaterandDrainageProjects/FingalSludgeManagementPlan/ , or by writing to:
Sludge Management Plan for Fingal County Council and Associated SEA,
c/o RPS Group,
West Pier Business Campus,
Dún Laoghaire,

You can also call or email: Lo-Call 1890 44 55 67 or info@FingalSMP.ie
All correspondence should be headed “Review of the Fingal Sludge Management Plan”.