Mooncoin - Report on the Newrath and Cloone - Mullinabro waste water treatment is welcomed

Fleadh Cheoil-Kilkenny County Fleadh Cheoil takes place from 25th - 27th May in Kilkenny City with Competitions, Ceili, Concert, Sessions and street entertainment. Entries for music, singing, set dance and sean-nós dance competitions will close on 18th May. Enquiries contact 086 8249618.

Fleadh Cheoil-Kilkenny County Fleadh Cheoil takes place from 25th - 27th May in Kilkenny City with Competitions, Ceili, Concert, Sessions and street entertainment. Entries for music, singing, set dance and sean-nós dance competitions will close on 18th May. Enquiries contact 086 8249618.

Road issues-“Cllr Pat Dunphy has welcomed the recent new road markings at the roundabouts in Grannagh. It has clarified a lot of the issues people had regarding the correct lanes to take and make the roundabouts safer.

Cllr Dunphy said that further to the road markings, there will be upgrades to the signage along the N25 Waterford City By-Pass. A re-designed signage scheme for the N25 Waterford City By Pass was agreed in 2011. Poles and signs are currently being manufactured and installation of signs will commence shortly with an anticipated completion date of mid to late June 2012”.

“Cllr Dunphy at a recent meeting of Kilkenny County Council raised again, the dangers residents face as they exit their premises on the Carrick Roadat Mooncoin. Some residents he said have only 40/50 metres sightlines. This is incredibly he said as the National Roads Authority have planning guidelines of 145metres sightlines on roads of this type. Traffic come upon a resident exiting their premises very quickly he said. He has tried the maneuver himself and it is exceptionally dangerous he said. He has welcomed the approval of works for this year that will help reduce excessive speeding on this road. Cllr Dunphy pressed for a further lowering of the speed limit on this section and was told by the Director of Services that the council would put in place a recommended speed of 60kph and indicate this on signposts. The Director of Services told the meeting that the council would review the situation following the completion of works and recommended speed signs”.

Waste Water treatment-At April’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council Cllr Anne-Maria Irish welcomed the report on the Newrath and Cloone - Mullinabro Waste Water Treatment. Last January the Fine Gael Group, lead by Cllr Irish and supported by Cllrs Dunphy and Doherty, opposed changes to the Ferrybank - Belview Local Area Plan in order to prioritise the issue of waste water treatment for the Cloone - Mullinabro and Newrath areas; asking for the Council to examine the issue and propose a technical solution for the area.

The Waste Services (Amendment) Act 2012 requires householder to register septic tanks with a view to inspection by the Local Authority. The Waste Water Treatment Report states that the Cloone - Mullinabor - Newrath areas are “un-serviced by a public sewer” and many households are “encountering difficulties with the current arrangement of individual domestic wastewater treatment plants. The difficulties are primarily due to the inadequate percolation areas provided on site”. In addition, the entire area is underlain by a regionally important aquifer extremely vulnerable to pollution.

The report outlines two options for Cloone - Mullinabro; Option 1 costing €441,827 and Option 2 costing €450,136. For Newrath, a further two options were put forward costing €740,197 and €622,190 respectively.

In welcoming the Report Cllr Anne-Maria Irish praised Council staff for their work and thanked them for liaising with local residents on the issue. “The availability of a public waste water treatment infrastructure in the area is a major deficit and no doubt has hampered development in the area”, she said. An investment of €38 million was made in the Waterford City Waste Water Treatment Plant at Gorteens in Slieverue - which was opened only a year ago by Minister Phil Hogan; connection to this plant would enable more residents in Ferrybank to benefit from this investment.

Recognising the number of projects currently on the list of Small Schemes to be put forward by Kilkenny County Council to the Minister of Environment, Community and Local Government; Cllr Irish proposed that both the Newrath and the Cloone-Mullinabro Schemes be included on the list for submission in 2013. “Residents in the area have waited long enough and while we recognise that these are very difficult times to asking people for a contribution towards providing this infrastructure, we must at least start the process”, she said.