FARM families whose land is fragmented have been given a welcome boost following a Kilkenny County Council policy change which will mean they’ll have to pay less for water, Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan, has revealed.
The South Kilkenny TD has warmly welcomed the decision by Kilkenny County Council to charge customers water meter rental for the first two meters only where they have multiple units across fragmented farms. The current fee per meter is €77.
“Lots of family farms in my own part of south Kilkenny and in fact all around the county are fragmented and it hasn’t been possible for one reason or another to have a single supply or meter. I met one farmer in the past week who has eight meters so he’s going to save a significant amount because of this move to apply rental at the fee of €77 per annum for the first two meters only,” the 34 year old said.
“Fine Gael has argued for a number of years that this was unfair on customers who find themselves in this situation. The majority of customers affected are not farm families with large holdings. They are, in the main, small and very fragmented holdings, often due to historical reasons.
“This is a welcome boost for all farmers – particularly those with small holdings who are struggling to make ends meet and were really hard hit by this fee. I welcome this Kilkenny County Council policy change. The decision applies to all customers who have more than two water meters throughout the county,” he pointed out.