Monster Waste Water Treatment Plant is not the solution for Dublin North waste

The Greater Dublin Drainage Project sewerage plant is proposed in North County Dublin. The plant is planned to serve a population equivalent of 700,000. Fingal will become the main sewerage treatment centre for parts of Dublin and the surrounding counties.

Three sites have been named as emerging preferred site options for the proposed regional wastewater plant in north Dublin, while marine outfalls to the north and south are still being considered. The three preferred sites proposed are:

Annsbrook – 2.7km west of Lusk.
Newtowncorduff – 1km west of Lusk.
Clonshaugh – 2.2km east of Dublin Airport.

All three of these project options are to be considered further before one emerging preferred site is decided on and a planning application is made to An Bord Pleanala.

Fingal County Council will hold their third round of public consultations, which will give stakeholders and the general public another opportunity to meet with the Project Team and to air their views on the proposed Greater Dublin Drainage Project. The four open days will take place in Fingal County Council HQ in Swords on:

Wednesday    30th May from 2pm –   8pm
Saturday         2nd June from 11am –  4pm
Thursday        14th June from 2pm –   8pm
Saturday        16th June from 11am –  4pm

I do not believe that this waste water facility is the solution to treat Dublin’s sewage waste, and am acutely aware of the desire by many smaller communities in north county Dublin to treat their own waste within their own communities.

It is worth noting that the project will require planning permission, which will be subject to an environmental impact assessment and will require a foreshore licence. Each of these has a statutory public consultation element to it so constituents will have several opportunities to air their views on this matter.

It is my intention to ensure that the north county landscape and horticultural market is protected, and that we retain the market garden status where a majority of the country’s vegetables are grown.

I am committed to protecting the future of Fingal and I will ensure that this process does not undermine the needs of our community.