The following is a correspondence received on the 15th January from the office of Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister for Health Promotion & Food Safety.
Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister for Health Promotion & Food Safety, has today the l5th of January confirmed that following approval earlier this year of Donegal County Council’s Preliminary Reports for the Dungloe and Glenties Sewerage Schemes the Council has now received approval to invite tenders for the schemes which are estimated to cost €4.603m and €3.075m respectively. Substantial funding is being provided under the Department of Environment’s Water Services Investment Programme 2007 – 2009 with the balance being provided from the Councils own resources.
These schemes will provide new wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers in Dungloe and Glenties to replace the present overloaded and obsolete infrastructure. The new works will facilitate existing and future residential and commercial development in the Dungloe and Glenties areas. In addition, the state of the art wastewater treatment plants, which will treat the wastewater in each location to the highest standards, will ensure that the local environment is enhanced and the good quality of the Dungloe and Owenea rivers is protected and improved.
The approval to go to tender clears the way for Donegal County Council to advance the construction of the schemes as soon as possible.
Welcoming the announcement Minister Gallagher said: "I have requested the Council to ensure that the preparation of the tender documents proceeds as soon as possible. It is expected that both Schemes should go to construction in late 2008 early 2009.
This good news follows on from a meeting last year with the Environment Minister organised by Cllr Enda Bonner during his time as Mayor; and attended by myself, the County Manager and Cllr Bonner, all of whom welcome this news."
Pat the Cope has thanked Minister Gormley for responding positively to his request to allow the Schemes to proceed to tender.