Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has welcomed the progression of plans to construct a wastewater treatment plant in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, saying that such a facility will give Arklow the capacity to expand and grow as a town, as well as being a boon to the local environment as it will put an end to the pouring of waste into the Avoca.
Teachta Brady said “Arklow has been constrained as a town by a lack of a proper wastewater treatment plant. This has had a serious impact on the construction of new homes and businesses, not to speak of the effect on groundwater and the quality of drinking water in the area. The campaign to get a treatment plant has been ongoing for many years now, and I welcome this advancement.
Teachta Brady continued “The proposed plan will involve the construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant for a planned population equivalent of 36,000. The site option that has been recommended is at the Old Wallboard Factory, North Quay, Ferrybank.
“I have consistently said that the treatment plant is the key to unlocking Arklow’s potential. Arklow is one of seven large towns identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having no wastewater treatment. The practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the Avoca River is no longer acceptable and it’s had a detrimental effect on Arklow for far too long. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being drafted with a view to submitting a planning application in early 2017. Discussions are taking place with An Bord Pleanála as to whether this project will be a strategic infrastructure development (SID) so as its construction can be fast tracked.
“The construction of this plant will give Arklow a new lease of life as it provides the capacity to expand and grow as a town. It will also put an end to the outdated and environmentally harmful solution of dumping untreated waste into the River Avoca. It is crucial that the construction of this plant gets underway as soon as possible. The delivery of the sewage treatment plant is a priority for me, I intended on holding whatever government is in place to account, until it’s delivered."