Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the granting of planning permission for a new sewage works at Killea.
Colr. Cooper said the development was the last piece in the jigsaw to allow the sewage issues that have blighted the area for many years to be resolved
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday Colr. Cooper said he was hopeful the new sewage works would enable sewage to be treated more “efficiently” in the area.
“In light of numerous complaints from residents I have had meetings with NI Water and TransportNI since April 2012 regarding the inadequate sewage system and residents’ concerns over health issues at Burnside Manor and the greater Killea area,” said Colr. Cooper.
“These negotiations saw NI Water agree to fund an extension of the new Nixon’s Corner pumping station into Killea to allow the area’s sewage to be hopefully processed more efficiently.
“Negotiations then had to take place with local landowners to allow the new pipework to be brought through their lands. And finally planning permission secured to place the new infrastructure into the Killea estates.”
Colr. Cooper confirmed to the ‘Journal’ that the eagerly awaited planning permission require to complete the work was granted recently and that he was confident construction work would commence soon.
“Following liaisons with the Derry City and Strabane District Council’s planning department and NI Water in the last few weeks I now have confirmation that permission has been granted which will allow the final works to proceed in the next few weeks.
“I am delighted that after three years of work the scheme is now moving to completion and I would like to thank all residents for their patience, as well as the staff at NI Water for their persistence,” said Colr. Cooper.