CHANGES to plans for Limerick’s North Distribution Road will not affect a project to reduce a terrible smell that has plagued residents of Ballycannon Heights in Meelick.
The main sewage treatment plant was installed 40 years ago but in recent years, it has released “vomiting” odors in good weather.
Local Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe has been assured that work to provide a suitable sewage treatment plant for the area will be handled separately from the Limerick Northern Distributor Road (LNDR) project.
There were local fears that this project would be delayed due to problems affecting the construction of the LNDR, but Deputy Crowe was assured that this is not the case.
“I come from this community and I know firsthand how serious this issue is,” Deputy Crowe said.
“It was conceived as a temporary solution in the 1980s, but has become a permanent feature of the field and is completely unfit for its purpose 40 years later.
“For health and safety reasons, it is essential that this project is decoupled from the LNDR and takes place as soon as possible.
“I’m afraid this summer will be a repeat of all the other summers in recent years, where we have these vomiting smells emitted by the sewage treatment plant.
He said information provided to him by Irish Water indicates that construction of a new facility will begin before the end of the year.