Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has welcomed the decision of Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to approve design proposals for Carrigtwohill’s Sewerage Scheme. The proposals, submitted by Cork County Council, are for the upgrading and expansion of the wastewater treatment plant in Carrigtwohill which is part of the sewerage scheme.

“I am pleased that Cork County Council is to be given the go ahead to prepare contract documents for these wastewater improvements in Carrigtwohill. Once these documents are prepared, the Council will be in a position to seek tenders from interested parties to carry out the work. It is an important step in providing a more modern sewerage infrastructure for Carrigtwohill allowing the wastewater system to cater for current and future residential and commercial needs.

“The works will form the first phase of the upgrading of the wastewater system to cater for a population of 45,000. I have been advised that the total contract for all phases of the works, which once completed will cater for 60,000 people. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has estimated that the total cost for all phases of the proposed works will be approximately €14 million”, said Deputy Stanton

“It should be noted also that the additional capacity of the wastewater treatment facilities should also contribute to further enterprise development in this area of East Cork by making Carrigtwohill and the surrounding areas even more attractive location for multinationals and other businesses. It should therefore, hopefully increase industry and employment in the area.

“I understand that Cork County Council have already carried out advance works on Carrigtwohill wastewater scheme which involved the provision of foul and storm sewers and two pumping stations. I hope that the Council will be in a position to continue its work soon once the tendering process has been concluded.