Wicklow Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey has welcomed the news that planning permission is finalised for the new Arklow Waste Water Treatment Plant.
“Today the planning has been confirmed by An Bord Pleanala for the Arklow Waste Water Treatment plant.
The process to get this plant has taken 30 years and I am delighted that it has reached this stage. The planning permission means that the Waste Water treatment plant can proceed to commencement and the beginning of a massive growth potential for Arklow. “As we all know Arklow has been discharging waste into the Avoca river in breach of EPA and EUregulations.
The new high-tech Waste Water treatment plant will provide the very latest in treatment technologies that will help to transform the town in positive ways.”
“The new enclosed plant will include a new Wastewater Treatment Plant (WwTP) of 36,000 population equivalent that will best meet the current needs of Arklow, and allow for future expansion of the town. The preferred site is the Old Wallboard Factory, North Quay, Ferrybank. Sewer pipelines (along the North and South Quays) to bring the untreated wastewater to the plant.
A marine outfall pipe to safely discharge the treated wastewater to the Irish Sea will also be part of this development.”
“Since I entered politics the Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Irish Water have been working to secure a site and permission for this vital piece of infrastructure. In many ways the development of Arklow Town has been stalled because of the lack of waste water treatment capacity and facilities.”
“This announcement along with the new Data Centre for Arklow will allow the Town to develop and grow in economic, housing, commercial and tourism spheres. I am delighted that An Bord Pleanala has reached the correct decision and I trust that Irish Water will now move to a speedy procurement process to allow works to start as soon as possible.”