Cllr Antóin Watters: End to Waste Plant Proposals on Carlingford Lough ‘a Huge Relief’

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed the withdrawal of the application for a waste plant for hazardous waste which would have been sited on the shores of Carlingford Lough.

Concerns were raised when the application was submitted for Warrenpoint Harbour and last week Cllr Watters had asked that the plans be made available in Dundalk so that concerned residents and stakeholders on this side of the Lough would have access to them and be able to submit any concerns they may have had.

Cllr Watters said “it is a huge relief that following pressure from community groups and environmental activists and concerns raised by Chris Hazzard MP and myself, Warrenpoint Harbour took the decision not to allow the waste facility on its site.”

“Regen Waste then later confirmed that they were withdrawing the application and are ‘no longer advancing plans for such a facility in Warrenpoint Harbour.’ This is a huge relief to all those who value the delicate ecosystem in and around Carlingford Lough.”

Cllr Antóin Watters Seeks Warrenpoint Waste Facility Application to be made available in Louth

Plans to put a hazardous waste facility in Warrenpoint, Co Down on the shores of Carlingford Lough has caused concern on both sides of Carlingford Lough.

ReGen Waste plans to develop a new waste management facility in Warrenpoint Harbour but given the delicate ecosystem in Carlingford Lough, unprecedented interest has understandably been sparked.

Cllr Antóin Watters who represents the Dundalk Carlingford area said “I have been approached by a number of constituents who have expressed concern that the plans for this facility were being advanced behind closed doors and away from public eyes. Following contact with our newly elected MP for the South Down area, Chris Hazzard, ReGen Waste representatives assured him that there will be a comprehensive community consultation process taking place over the summer ‘to ensure full transparency around this project and to give stakeholders an opportunity to have any concerns around this proposal addressed.’ I welcome that confirmation.”

“Chris Hazzard MP has called on the people in his area to scrutinize these plans and I am calling on people from North Louth to do the same. In order to help facilitate that scrutiny, I have today asked ReGen Waste to make a copy of the application available to Louth County Council so they can make it available for viewing in Dundalk.”

Chris Hazzard MP

“Given the delicate environmental setting of Warrenpoint Harbour on Carlingford Lough, we need to be very careful and wary of the development of anything that would be detrimental to that.”

Cllr Watters welcomed the fact that the “licence application for this project has been made available to the public in Warrenpoint Town Hall from Monday 10th July. I hope to update the public in Louth as to when it will be available in Dundalk. I would urge as many as possible from North Louth to study this application and I also call on Louth County Council to be very familiar with it as well.”

“We expect that as time goes on this project will attract interest from environmental campaigners from further afield but it is of the utmost importance that local people on both sides of the Lough are familiar with the project and any concerns they have are addressed.”