The Wastewater treatment plant at the Marsh Road, Drogheda.
Opposition is mounting to the Marsh Road sewage treatment facility being considered as a possible site for one of Irish Water’s proposed regional sludge treatment plants.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has organised a public meeting at the Westcourt Hotel this Tuesday evening between 6pm and 9pm at which he will set out his objections to the proposal.
Today the Drogheda City Status Group (DCSG) issued a statement calling on individuals and organisations to make a submission on the matter before 22 October 2019 opposing the selection of Drogheda for this.
In the statement DCSG Chairperson Anna McKenna accused Irish Water of being ‘asleep at the wheel’ back in July 2017 when Drogheda suffered a catastrophic water outage.
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Ms McKenna added that Irish Water “…do not appear to have yet made the water infrastructure secure or adequate for the continuing rapid growth of the Greater Drogheda area.
“In addition, they have failed to address the persistent odour problems emanating from the Marsh Road sewage treatment plant, so locally, we have no confidence in Irish Water’s ability to manage another process.
“Already, Drogheda and the surrounding area in South Louth and East Meath carry an unfair burden in having a number of heavy, polluting industries which conflict with our vision of the future “green” city of Drogheda.
“The huge volumes of sludge would add further pressure on an already overloaded treatment works at a time when the priority for Greater Drogheda is additional sewage treatment capacity for new housing as the region continues to grow rapidly.
"It’s the last thing we want beside Drogheda and the future Greenway,” McKenna concluded.
Submissions should be made via email@example.com or by post to Sludge Hub Centres East Midlands Region, c/o Barry & Partners Ltd, Classon House, Dundrum Business Park, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14. D14 T9 T0.
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