Broadford Sewerage Scheme not considered a Priority – Gormley

June 3rd, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today expressed his concern that the Broadford Sewerage Scheme is not included in the Water Services Programme 2010 – 2012.

Deputy Breen was speaking following the response confirming this which he has received this week from the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley when he raised the matter with him by way of parliamentary question.

“I am very concerned and cannot understand why the Broadford Sewerage Scheme is not included amongst the priority contracts and schemes for the 2010-12 Water Services Programme, according to Minister Gormley this project had to “had to give way to others that are more strategically important at this time.”

“How Broadford’s needs assessment for sewerage scheme is not considered priority is very difficult to understand. The village has been crying out for this much needed infrastructure for years. Back in February when I raised this matter with Minister Gormley he advised that his Department had requested “Local authorities, including Clare County Council, to submit applications to his Department by the 3rd March setting out their borrowing requirements to progress their water services projects in 2010”, I understood that Clare County Council had sought a loan approval from the Dept to progress the Broadford Scheme but now it appears that Broadford like Cooraclare have been consigned to the bottom of the pile. This is not good enough”.

“The fact that Broadford is not included in the Water Services Programme up to 2012 is a very serious situation; the people of Broadford cannot just sit and wait until 2012; this matter must be clarified as to why Broadford is not considered a priority; and some way must be found to allow work to commence on building this much needed infrastructure for the village.”

SEE PQ UNDERNEATH.

Question No. 371

Chun an Aire Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais Áitiúil:
To the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government:

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 175 of 25 February 2010, the reason a project (details supplied) in County Clare is not included in the Water Services Investment Programme for 2010 to 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Pat Breen.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 25th May, 2010.

Ref No: 21949/10

Broadford Sewerage Scheme, Co. Clare I understand that this Scheme is not on the Water Services Investment Programme for 2010-12. This project is urgent as the people of Broadford have been waiting a considerable period of time now for the development of this necessary infrastructure. Can the Minister update me on the situation?

REPLY

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Gormley):

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2012, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library, provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Clare. While the Programme includes contracts under construction and to commence to the value of some €38 million in the county during the period of the Programme, it was not possible to include the Broadford Sewerage Scheme amongst the priority contracts and schemes selected for inclusion.

The new Programme aims to prioritise projects that target environmental compliance issues and support economic and employment growth as envisaged in the Government’s policy document Building Ireland’s Smart Economy – A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal. A key input to the development of the Programme was the assessment of needs prepared by local authorities, including Clare County Council, in response to my Department’s request to the authorities in 2009 to review and prioritise their proposals for new capital works in their areas. These were subsequently appraised in the Department in the context of the funds available and key criteria that complemented those used by the authorities. Inevitably, through this process, certain projects that had been proposed had to give way to others that are more strategically important at this time.