Relief after long haul for East Clare sewerage schemes

Two sewerage schemes have finally opened in East Clare, Ireland, after 47 years in planning.

Lough Derg: Image - Ludraman

Lough Derg: Image - Ludraman

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




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