Works to address noxious odours at Ballycannon Heights to proceed regardless of LNDR

  • 40-year-old infrastructure causing nauseous odours
  • Irish Water doubles down on 2022 timeline

Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe is insisting that works to put in place a proper wastewater treatment plant for Ballycannon Heights in Meelick be separated from the ongoing Limerick Northern Distributor Road project.

Temporary infrastructure was put in place back in the 1980s and 40 years on, still functions as the main wastewater treatment for the estate – despite no longer fulfilling its function and leading to dangerous, nauseous odours seeping out in fine weather.

There have been concerns locally that this project would be delayed due to the issues impacting on the LNDR construction but Deputy Crowe has received assurances that this is not the case.

“I’m from this locality and I know first-hand, having many times stood out on the road with residents and being knocked out by the nauseating gases, just how serious this issue is,” said Deputy Crowe.

“This was designed as a temporary solution in the 1980s but has become a permanent fixture in the estate and absolutely is not fit for purpose, 40 years on.

“On health and safety grounds, it’s essential that this project is uncoupled from the LNDR and proceeds in the quickest possible time.

“My fear is that this summer will be a repeat of every other summer of recent years, where we have these vomit-inducing smells emitting from the wastewater treatment plant.

“I’m in constant contact with Irish Water on this as I do not want to see this slip between the cracks at this critical juncture.

“I’m pleased to say that I’ve been informed that at present, Land Acquisition is underway, and a Compulsory Purchase Order is due to be published next month.

“Assuming there are no delays in the CPO process Irish Water expect construction to commence before the end of 2022.

“I will be keeping on top of this to ensure that this year does not pass without the completion of this project and I’m confident that this is the beginning of the end of this nightmare for Ballycannon residents.”