Monday, 30 December 2013

Muir to meet Minister over sewage works delays

Cllr Muir at Kinnegar Lagoons
I will meet the Regional Development Minister early in January to discuss on-going delays to works aimed at improving the sewage infrastructure in the Holywood/Kinnegar area.
While I welcome the announcement that planned works will get underway next year, the Minister still has questions to answer over the constant delays to this project.  Why has it taken so long for this work to get underway?
Many people in the area have been living with the odour coming from the Kinnegar Lagoon area for years.  It is completely unacceptable that this has not previously been addressed and I am disappointed that initial works are only beginning on this project next year.
This has been a long struggle for local residents and I was glad to see NI Water engage directly with them ahead of work beginning.  However many may have been left disillusioned as to why work won’t be finalised until 2015.
I am meeting with the Minister at the earliest opportunity to get answers to these questions and to ensure the most effective and efficient action is taken to move the works forward.
Alliance has campaigned long and hard to solve this problem and I won’t stop until a positive outcome has been achieved.  It took a long time to get a commitment and funding from the relevant bodies to allow these improvement works to go ahead.  I hope we will see a speedier outcome in coming months.


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