The future of Arklow’s proposed new sewerage scheme at South Green and the Harbour Road has been thrown into doubt after Conwell Contracts, the company that was appointed only last September to carry out works on the scheme, walked off the job.
The exact reason why the contractor had to walk away from the scheme is unknown, but a source close to the project said the replacement of pipes located beneath sea level may have added unforeseen costs to the works.
The €1 million project was to include replacement of defective sewer pipelines in the area with larger diameter pipes and the construction of temporary pumping stations to match the replacement pipes.
Piping in the area is currently overloaded and the new sewerage scheme was seen as an essential upgrade to prevent flooding in the area.
Areas affected are South Green, Harbour Road, parts of Gusset Lane, parts of Hudson’s Square, parts of Back Street and Lower Abbey Street. A drawing of the works is available here.
Councillor Peter Dempsey has expressed his disbelief at the news, describing it as “another blow for Arklow”.
“We have been waiting for this scheme for over thirty years and yet again we appear to have been let down,” Cllr Dempsey said. “We were given a detailed timeline for the completion of this and all other main drainage projects but these now look like they cannot be met.
“The people of Arklow have been waiting for this scheme for years and yet again we are facing into more delays, which for once have not been caused by the objectors to the scheme.
“We have already asked if the Minister for the Environment Hogan would intervene in this matter as we cannot just stand by and see this critical project delayed any further.”