Hogan approves increased funding for Bennettsbridge and Castlecomer treatment plants

MINISTER for the Environment, Phil Hogan has approved revised funding arrangements for Bennettsbridge and Castlecomer Wastewater Treatment Plant Schemes under his Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 - 2012.

MINISTER for the Environment, Phil Hogan has approved revised funding arrangements for Bennettsbridge and Castlecomer Wastewater Treatment Plant Schemes under his Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 - 2012.

It was originally envisaged that both these schemes would advance under the Serviced Lands Initiative which attracted 40% Capital funding from the Department. This initiative was discontinued in 2009 in the light of changes in the residential market. All residual works are to be completed during period of the current Water Services Investment Programme.

In the case of the schemes for Bennettsbridge and Castlecomer Wastewater Treatment Plant Schemes, it is considered that the works are of a sufficient priority, particularly from an environmental perspective, to merit their advancement under the normal funding arrangements for the Water Services Investment Programme.

“This decision will allow Kilkenny County Council to avail of increased funding of up to 80% in both cases”, said Minister Hogan.

“The increased funding for these schemes in the programme paves the way for the Council to proceed with much needed upgrade works,” he added.