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Progress on Youghal’s €12.5 million Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has been welcomed by David Stanton. The WWTP forms part of an overall planned investment of €22.8 million by Irish Water in Youghal’s Main Drainage system.

“In November 2015, construction commenced on the works to upgrade Dunn’s Park Pumping Station and rising mains/outfall pipes within Youghal Town Centre. Work has also begun on the access road to the WWTP site and preliminary test piles for foundations have been completed. I understand that testing and commissioning will continue for a further three months with all construction works to be completed in December 2016”, said David Stanton.

“As part of the of the construction programme a number of traffic works will also take place. Pipework laying commenced in January at the WWTP site and continued along the R634 onto Breton Road and the road has been reinstated as far as Dunns Park. I understand that the current pipe laying operation has progressed as far as Catherine St/Harbour Court and that lane closures will be required during this period with traffic lights and shuttle lane.

“After Harbour Court a road closure will be required on a phased basis from mid-February to late April 2016. This is due to restrictions in working space to bring the pipework to the outfall at Green’s Quay. Works will then continue on from Harbour Court towards Grattan Street to McDonald’s Quay and Allin’s Quay during which time local diversions will be in place.

“A number of additional pipelines will be required throughout Youghal town including rising mains from Front Strand Pumping Station to the top of Lighthouse Hill and also a short section of gravity sewer from Lighthouse Hill in the direction of Green Park Pumping Station by the Walter Raleigh Hotel.

“€22.8 million is a very substantial investment in Youghal’s main drainage system which will end the current practice of discharge of untreated sewage directly to the Blackwater Estuary. This will result in the improvement of water quality at bathing waters at Front Strand, Claycastle and Redbarn ensuring compliance with the EU Bathing Water Directive and Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. These works will also provide the capacity to deal with population growth in the area, allow for increasing tourist numbers and provide for industrial and commercial development in Youghal”, concluded David Stanton.