Project won’t start until 2020 – at the earliest

Kilcummin: Irish Water is planning to gauge the level of interest in the community in connecting to the scheme

THE long running saga over a long-promised provision of a new sewerage scheme in the parish of Kilcummin will be put firmly in the spotlight at a public meeting on the issue planned for early April.

Irish Water. in partnership with Kerry County Council, is progressing plans as part of the delivery of the project will provide a new sewerage scheme for the village.

The project team has invited local councillors to a briefing in the Kilcummin GAA Club hall on Wednesday, April 3 to learn more about the next phase and the team leaders will be available to answer any questions that may arise.

A separate drop-in information evening for the general public will be held on the same day, at the same venue, from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

At a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council, councilors were told that Irish Water is continuing to advance the design and investigative work necessary to put the proposed scheme out to tender and site investigations have been ongoing for the past two months.

Cllr Brendan Cronin: Serious anger
Cllr John Sheahan: Cars wrecked

Negotiations regarding the required land acquisition are also ongoing and, all going according to plan, Irish Water hopes to start construction in early 2020. The council and Irish Water are also planning to gauge the level of interest in the community in connecting to the scheme, when complete.

Cllr Brendan Cronin complained that the matter had been dragging on for years and the people of Kilcummin are getting very frustrated.

“There is serious anger out there. The onus is on Irish Water to clarify where they are at,” he said.

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr John Sheahan, said he was very disappointed to learn that there will be a further delay until 2020 at the earliest.

He said the appalling state of the roads in Kilcummin can’t be addressed until the project starts and that is causing enormous hardship for locals.

“Cars are absolutely wrecked, with shocks and absorbers and breaks all going. It’s all adding to people’s expense,” said Cllr Sheahan.

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