Sinn Féin Councillor for Ardee Tom Cunningham has welcomed funding that has been made available for the Ardee Bypass.
Cllr Cunningham said “this is very welcome news for the people of Ardee and has been a long time coming. Ardee was forgotten about when it came to the Capital Investment Programme so this is good news to have it included in the midterm review of the Capital Plan.”
“All we need now is a date and timeline for the project.”
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today welcomed media reports that funding has been made available for the construction of the Ardee bypass.
Deputy Munster said:
“I am happy to hear that Transport Minister Shane Ross has allocated funding for the Ardee bypass. The project was excluded from the capital investment programme originally, and so it is certainly good news for the people of Ardee that funding has been secured.
“I have raised the matter of bypass with both the Minister for Transport on several occasions and with officials from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). A commitment was given by TII at a meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee last November to include the project in the midterm review of the Capital Plan, and I am glad to see that the Ardee bypass has been allocated funding as part of that process.
“I have written to the Minister seeking further information regarding how much funding is to be made available and seeking a start date and a timeline for the project.
“The local community has been campaigning for the construction of the bypass for many years, with many disappointments and delays along the way. The area has been neglected in terms of investment for too long, and so it is to be welcomed that this project is finally progressing.”
Cllrs Tom Cunningham, Pearse McGeough & Brendan McKenna at the Treatment Plant
Following several complaints of a foul odour emanating from the Waste Water Treatment Works plant in Ardee, Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has received confirmation from Irish Water that there had indeed been an ‘operational issue’ which ‘has been addressed’.
Cllr Cunningham had submitted questions to this month’s Ardee Municipal meeting of Louth County Council who are managing the Treatment Plant on behalf of Irish water but was “disappointed that the Council were unable to answer the questions and were relying on Irish Water to do so.”
Cllr Cunningham contacted Irish Water directly and received an immediate reply assuring him
River Dee showing the offending waste
the odour has been dealt with.
Cllr Cunningham reported “the capacity of the Treatment Plant in Ardee is currently 5,000pe but unfortunately the Plant is being fed 6,000-6,500pe which obviously is overloading the plant and it is unable to cope, hence the problem.”
Cllr Cunningham said “Following further contact with Irish Water, they have confirmed that they plan to upgrade the plant which will see an increase in capacity from 5,000pe to 8,000pe. I welcome this work which should begin over the summer. In the meantime, the odour problem has been addressed and people will be able to open their windows again and enjoy this good weather. Over the next few months with the plant being upgraded, it should be able to cope and we won’t have a repeat of this issue.”