WORK may begin on the new Shannon Town Sewerage Scheme update towards the end of 2012, local area county councillors were informed this week.
Councillor Patricia McCarthy put forward a motion before this week’s meeting asking that “an update be provided on the Shannon sewerage system including what temporary improvements/remedial works are being undertaken to ensure the system continues to work”.
In his reply, Hugh McGrath of the council’s water services section stated that progress is being made.
“The preliminary report final draft will be issued to the department for approval by the end of February 2011.
“It is expected to take six months before approval is received, at which stage contract documents can be advanced. Provided no significant delays are encountered and funding is available construction on phase one contracts, including the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant will begin in Quarter 4, 2012.
“Before approval can be issued an environmental impact statement (EIS) must be approved by An Bord Pleanála. The draft EIS is now complete and we are about to commence the statutory process and submission for approval.”
With regard to a pump station upgrade of €1.4 million, Mr McGrath said, “Concurrent with the planning stage, in order to address urgent operational concerns specific to the four major sewerage pump stations, we are currently preparing contract documents for an advance contract, which we expected to commence in Quarter 4, 2011. This will be complete in six to eight months.”
Councillor McCarthy told The Clare Champion that while she was pleased that there is some movement, it isn’t happening quickly enough.
“It is good to see that there is some movement but it is very slow and it all looks as if it is down to finance.”
The independent councillor said that the situation with sewerage in the town is quite bad and a response to it is needed. “We have a serious situation and we are at capacity. It has to be resolved and we need to move on it sooner rather than later. Unfortunately we are working under a stupid, bureaucratic system,” she concluded.
Problems regarding the town’s sewerage system have been complained of for some time, with complaints of bad odours during the summer.