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Cork East Fine Gael TD David Stanton has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that the Glanworth Wastewater Treatment Plant project is to be allocated funding under the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme to allow the necessary upgrade of local wastewater infrastructure.

Irish Water’s Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme aims to support local town and village growth and development while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies. Under the programme, investment in towns such as Glanworth will ensure that wastewater infrastructure capacity is increased in the community enabling the further development of local housing units while ensuring that wastewater continues to be treated at an appropriate standard.

Speaking after Irish Water’s announcement, David Stanton said: “I am delighted to learn that Irish Water is to allocate funding to Glanworth under the Small Towns and Villages Growth programme. Issues with the town’s wastewater capacity hindering plans to develop local housing projects have been brought to my attention in recent years and I have continued to highlight these issues directly with Irish Water and with the Ministers concerned. It is great to see that continued engagement between local housing developers, Cork County Council and Irish Water has now seen a very favourable outcome for the community of Glanworth.

“This funding will allow for the necessary upgrade of the Glanworth Wastewater Treatment Plant to accommodate much-needed housing development which I am certain will be welcomed by all locally. It is expected that this upgrade project will now continue through to the design, planning, procurement and approval stages with Irish Water to provide further details on the project budget and timeline for delivery in due course”; concluded Deputy Stanton.