Meath County Council Cathaoirleach, Tommy Reily has welcomed the news that Uisce Éireann chiefs have lodged plans to carry out a multi-million euro upgrade of a Meath wastewater treatment plant.

The plans, earmarked for Navan’s current wastewater facility, include a new wastewater pumping station as well as an underground 924m3 emergency storage tank with a further 427m3 provided within the pumping station inlet chamber.

The location of the development are situated in the Farganstown, Ballymacon and Athlumney townlands on the outer fringes of the town.

€143,000 for Three Connections !

Reilly told Meath Live, ” I recently highlighted how connection fee charges to private residences in the locality were causing untold stress on young couples looking to build their own homes.

“They are not a mile from where I am sitting, they are 150 metres from the mains and between the three of them it is costing €143,000 for a connection, this may help alleviate that situation so I welcome this development and am glad Uisce Eireann have responded positively to what I pointed out”.

The extensive development also comprises above ground structures including a control panel kiosk, operator welfare unit kiosk, wet kiosk, ESB substation, surge vessels with stair access, overhead gantry crane; and other tanks, plant and equipment.

Uisce Éireann, subject to planning, have also included proposals to provide access to the site via a fenced and gated temporary road.

The utility said additional charges would only arise to customers when supplementary measures go beyond the scope of conventional connection works.