Concerns raised over environmental impact of giant sewage plant – Mitchell
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Bay North Denise Mitchell has criticised plans to locate a giant sewage plant at Clonshaugh in north Dublin.
Deputy Mitchell, who previously submitted an objection to the proposal alongside local Sinn Féin Councillors, was speaking at the A Bord Pleanála public hearing into the project at the Gresham Hotel:
“The decision to locate this enormous plant so close to people’s homes and to businesses is totally wrong. I think we need to be moving more towards localised treatment plants rather than this type of enormous development,” she said.
Deputy Mitchell said recent incidents at sewage plants at Ringsend and the Shannon estuary showed that an accident or systems failure could result in major environmental damage:
“The use of smaller localised sewage treatment plants greatly reduces the possibility of an environmental disaster should a systems failure occur.
“We have anglers and fishermen who use this area and who are very concerned what impact this could have on fishing grounds. People are concerned about the impact on beaches and water quality.”
Deputy Mitchell said local residents felt they had been ignored in the process:
“The Clonshaugh site is beside parks and recreational areas and I would be very concerned about the effect emissions, and noise would have on those using these areas. Residents are very concerned about odour control at the site, as are local businesses.
“I’d also question how it was decided that the plan would be located on the very fringe of Fingal County Council, and in an area where the nearest large population centre happens to be in an area under the control of a different Council - namely Dublin City Council. It appears to have been a calculated political decision.”