Relief after long haul for East Clare sewerage schemes
Two sewerage schemes have finally opened in East Clare, Ireland, after 47 years in planning.
Formal planning for the new Feakle Sewerage Scheme dates back to 1964.
The new Feakle sewerage scheme supports the existing Scarriff-Tuamgraney Sewerage Scheme, which has been upgraded.
Scarriff-Tuamgraney has had a municipal collection scheme and basic treatment facilities since the early 1960s but needed improving.
The scheme was complicated by being located in an environmentally sensitive area; the towns being situated on the shores of Lough Derg, the third largest lake in Ireland.
Planning involved land acquisition notices with over 70 landowners being affected.
The project won a partial grant in 2006 of Euro 8.8 million from the Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government, which meant that Clare county Council had to find the remaining Euro 6 million.
Mayor of Clare Councillor Pat Hayes officially opened the schemes today (July 8) and said he was "relieved that the schemes had borne fruition".
He said: "I would like to acknowledge the patience and co-operation of the local communities in supporting the schemes advancement.
"The economic development of the area is directly connected to investment in infrastructure such as this, and I am delighted that another step in progressing such development has been achieved to allow for future economic growth." Alison Brown