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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton, has welcomed confirmation from Uisce Éireann that works to construct a new wastewater treatment plant and associated wastewater network in Ballycotton are expected to begin in April with a view to project completion in summer 2024.

The €16.3 million Ballycotton Sewage Scheme will see the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant with a population equivalent of 1082 on agricultural land to the South-West of Ballycotton Main Street in addition to almost 2km of pipeline. As part of the project a new below-ground pumping station will also be constructed at Ballycotton Pier to transfer wastewater to a second pumping station on Cow Lane.

Speaking following Uisce Éireann’s confirmation, David Stanton said: “I am delighted to see that tangible progress is being made on the Ballycotton Sewerage Scheme with Uisce Éireann underlying its intention to begin initial works next month following engagement with impacted stakeholders.

“These works will require traffic management measures to be put in place but once completed, the project will have a transformative effect on the quality of water in the Ballycotton area with Uisce Éireann estimating that that the daily discharge of roughly 860 wheelie bins of raw sewage will be removed as a result. Such improvements in local water quality will be of enormous benefit to the development of the village with positive knock-on effects for local tourism and leisure activities in the area”.