Proposed start date for major sewerage scheme in Killarney pushed out again

The proposed start date for a major sewerage scheme in Killarney has been pushed out again.

Members of the Killarney Municipal District received an update on the progress of the proposed Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme at a recent meeting; Irish Water says it’s hoping to begin construction in 2020.

 

The Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme was originally given the go ahead in 2007; a contractor was selected but a problem developed and the funding was pulled.

In February 2017, a planning application was lodged with Kerry County Council for the €3 million project, which includes a new pumping station, a holding tank, and an access road; planning was granted later that year, subject to conditions.

The delay in the scheme has led to hold-ups in improving the Killarney Kilcummin road, and to planning permission being refused for houses.

Irish Water says site investigations and negotiations surrounding land acquisition are ongoing, and it hopes to arrange a public information briefing on the scheme within the next two months.

Irish Water now says it’s hoping to begin construction in 2020.

Councillors voiced their concern at the latest meeting; Cathaoirleach John Sheahan says it’s unbelievable the scheme is being delayed again, while Councillor Brendan Cronin has called for Irish Water to meet with members and explain the reasons for the latest delay