Upgrades to water treatment in Castlecomer. Urlingford and Stoneyford welcomed by John Paul Phelan

CONFIRMATION from An Bord Pleanala that approval has been granted for waste water treatment plant upgrades in Castlecomer, Urlingford and Stonyford is good news for each of those areas, Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan, says.

CONFIRMATION from An Bord Pleanala that approval has been granted for waste water treatment plant upgrades in Castlecomer, Urlingford and Stonyford is good news for each of those areas, Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan, says.

“Senior Engineer at the Water Services section of Kilkennny County Council Billy Mernagh has confirmed to me that the local authority has received approval from An Bord Pleanala after an 11 month wait to proceed with upgrades to the waste water treatment plants at Castlecomer, Urlingford and Stonyford.

“This is a welcome first step in what has been a long process and I would hope that the works could proceed shortly. Currently the preliminary reports on the works are with the Department. The Council hopes to get approval for these reports and the construction budget from the Department in the coming weeks.

“Once approval comes, and I would hope that it will come soon, then the local authority can instruct its consultants to proceed with the full design and contract document preparation, before advertising tenders, appointing contractors and commencing construction.

“I would hope that there will be no further delays. I would anticipate that once the budget has been approved that it will take between 6 and 9 months before the local authority can commence construction,” Deputy Phelan added.