A stalled plan to connect local houses to a new public sewerage system in Ballybrittas village in Laois is preventing jobs creation, claims a local councillor.
A private housing estate that was built in the boom included the construction of a sewage pumping station that was large enough to take in up to 200 more housesin the village that are on septic tanks.
However, ten years on it they are still not connected.
Cllr Tom Mulhall tabled a motion asking Laois County Council for an update on Graigueavern Lodge estate at the May meeting of the Graiguecullen Portarlington municipal district.
“This is a serious issue for a number of years. Boderg Developments built 100 houses in Graigueavern. It is complete for the council to take in charge. The developers of a pumping station put it in to serve 300 houses. Houses in the older part of Ballybrittas have individual septic tanks. There was an agreement that the older part would be connected. This would save Irish Water money. There is potential for Ballybrittas, with land zoned, for more employment. We have to keep pushing this. Whatever the differences are, I want to see it brought to a close,” Cllr Mulhall said.
Cllr Aidan Mullins who seconded his motion had tabled a similar motion last December.
The reply was from Laois County Council senior engineer for water services Michael O’Hora.
“Laois County Council planning and water services sections, in consultation with Irish Water, are having continuing discussions with the developers of this infrastructure in order to progress this matter,” he said.