2013-12-20 14:45:39 - The Mayors of Ennis and Clare today (Friday, 20 December 2013) welcomed the announcement by Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, of his decision to approve the Clonroadmore elements of the Preliminary Report Addendum for the Ennis/Clarecastle Sewerage Scheme.
Clare County Council has received confirmation from the Department that it is committing the necessary capital funding to enable the local authority to award the contract for the upgrade of the Clonroadmore Wastewater Treatment Plant on the Scheme.
Reacting to the announcement, Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Mary Coote Ryan stated: “The provision of the most modern wastewater treatment facilities is key in terms of the continued progressive development of the town of Ennis. I want to acknowledge the contribution and patience of the Elected Members of the Town Council who have been pursuing an upgrade of the town treatment facilities for a long number of years.”
Mayor of Clare Cllr. Joe Arkins welcomed the news describing the project as “vitally important” and
central to ongoing efforts to expand the quality and scale of the wastewater infrastructure in the county.
“The town of Ennis is our Capital town and it is vitally important that the standard of services is what one would expect in a major urban centre. This is a contract of major significance for Ennis, Clarecastle and surrounding areas and will provide for a significant upgrade of Clonroadmore Wastewater Treatment Plant,” added Mayor Arkins.
Clare County Manager Tom Coughlan noted: “As we move towards the period when Irish Water assumes Clare County Council’s statutory role as a Water Services Authority, I think this announcement demonstrates the capability of the Council to design, procure and progress major water services schemes.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the water services staff, present and past, for the significant contribution they have made to the provision and operation of the water services infrastructure. I also wish to acknowledge the role played by the Elected Members in devising policy and assigning the financial resources to build up the infrastructure to what it is today,” concluded Mr. Coughlan.
Clare County Council confirmed it intends to complete the contract formalities with the successful tenderer so that the works can commence as soon as possible.