Desludging work to continue at treatment plant in Grange

Irish Water say they will continue to work with Sligo County Council in operating and desludging the existing sewerage treatment plant in Grange.

The plant has become the focus of much attention again in recent days due to a foul smell coming from the system following the recent warm weather.

Works on the Grange plant and three other plants in County Sligo, cannot commence until a decision is made in relation to an objection in relation to one of the plants.

Works by Irish Water had been due to take place on sewerage plants in Grange, Tubbercurry, Strandhill and Ballinafad for the last number of years. But an appeal to An Bord Pleanala in relation to wayleaves, believed to be in the Tubbercurry area is responsible for the latest delay.

Irish Water must now wait until the first week of August when a decision on the appeal is due.

In a statement, Irish Water says it is currently waiting for An Bord Pleanala to make their decision on the objection. It then expects to award a contract thereafter.

Irish Water say the project is a priority scheme and is included in their Business Plan for funding and completion.

They have also said they will continue to work with Sligo County Council in desludging the Grange plant.

Speaking on this morning’s North West Today, former Fianna Fáil local election candidate Donal Gilroy, who lives in Grange says the odour is not as strong today as it has been recently. He says the reason for the bad smell is a problem with one of the filters in the system.