How can I get involved
Irish Water has and will continue to liaise with the residents and elected representatives in the area, and will update this section with details of future information sessions.
Public (statutory) consultation in relation to planning permission
This public consultation period has now closed. For more information please visit the Environment and Planning page.
Consultation and engagement on the project to date
- A site tour of the Cork Lower Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant at Shanbally was held for local residents, elected representatives and other stakeholders.
- The project team attended a Cobh & Harbour Chamber of Commerce event to provide an update on the project.
- Public information events were held in Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Monkstown and Passage West and were well attended by members of the public and elected representatives.
- An Oral Hearing was held by An Bord Pleanála in Commodore Hotel, Cobh.
- The project team met with Cobh Playground fundraising group to update them on the project.
- Drop in clinics in conjunction with the Cobh & Harbour Chamber of Commerce continued throughout December.
- The project team met with Cobh Community for Change to update them on the project.
- Drop in clinics in conjunction with the Cobh & Harbour Chamber of Commerce continued throughout November.
- Site tours of the Cork Lower Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant at Shanbally were held for local residents and for local elected representatives. Local elected representatives were also invited to a tour of Carrigtohill wastewater treatment plant which uses the same technology.
- The project team gave a presentation to the Cobh and Harbour Chamber of Commerce to update them on the project.
- Local Councillors were invited to a meeting with the wider project team to discuss all aspects of the project in advance of public consultation.
- The project team met with residents in Cobh including Dock Cottages to explain details of the project. The first drop in clinic in conjunction with the Cobh & Harbour Chamber of Commerce was held on Friday 21st October.
- The project team provided information to visitors to Irish Water’s display at the ploughing championships.
- A further meeting was held with Irish Water New Connections, Cork County Council and Coolbawn residents regarding new connections.
- Ongoing engagement continued with Cork Lower Harbour community in relation to proposed construction works. This included a number of meetings with local elected representatives and an open evening with the Monkstown community
- The project team delivered letters to residents in Shanbally to advise them of upcoming roadworks during the school holidays to facilitate pipelaying.
- Ongoing engagement continued with Monkstown community in relation to proposed construction works
- Irish Water met with Cork County Council and the Cobh Development Strategy Group to discuss the opportunity for undergrounding of cables that could present as a result of the CLHMD Project construction works in Cobh.
- Irish Water attended a Cork County Council meeting with Monkstown Sailing Club, local residents and elected representatives.
- The project team attended a breakfast meeting of Cobh and Harbour Chamber of Commerce and updated members about the project.
- The project team held a beach clean event at Church Road and collected one hundred bags of marine litter
- The project team delivered letters to residents in Cobh to advise them of site investigation and at Church Road, Carrigaline to advise of proposed construction works. Follow meetings were also held.
- Public information events were held in Cobh, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Shanbally, Coolmore, Monkstown, Coolbawn and Passage West and were well attended by members of the public and elected representatives.
- A project newsletter was delivered to 22,000 homes and businesses around Cork Lower Harbour by An Post.
- The project team delivered letters to residents in Cogans Road, Shanbally and Marian Terrace, Shanbally to update them on roadworks at those locations. These were advertised in The Carrigdhoun newspaper also.
- The project team met with Cllr Marcia Dalton at Fr. O’Flynn park to discuss the ongoing pipe-laying work at this location.
- The project team also held a number of meetings with residents from Coolmore Cross, Carrigaline; Dock Cottages, Cobh and Coolbawn in relation to proposed construction works.
- Irish Water and Cork County Council met with Eir to discuss any opportunity for undergrounding of cables that could present as a result of the CLHMD Project construction works in Cobh.
- The project team met with local residents in Lower Rushbrooke and Rafeen to give an overview of the project.
- Irish Water and Cork County Council met with ESB to discuss any opportunity for undergrounding of cables that could present as a result of the CLHMD Project construction works in Cobh.
- Two Information Evenings were held in Cobh on 8th & 9th December 2015. The topics discussed included:
- Connections to Irish Water sewers - the project team will liaise directly with residents in the coming weeks
- Traffic volumes and delay - the project team welcomed this local knowledge and insight and will incorporate this into the project approach to roadworks programming
- Concerns about overflows at pumping stations - the project team explained the proposed alarm systems, back up pumps, back up generators, underground storage and utilising existing overflows
- Exact location of proposed infrastructure - the project team will consider the points raised by the community in this regard
- Possibilities of employing local people - the project team will make this information available to the successful contractors when they are selected
- Project Team met with Cobh Development Strategy Group to discuss details of the project
- Project Team gave a presentation on at the Cobh & Harbour Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting on 14th October 2015. The topics raised included:
- Traffic volumes and delays in the Cobh area at present
- Potential impact of the Project on businesses during construction
- Need for further information events for Cobh
- An Information Evening was held in Shanbally National School on 30th September 2015 from 5pm to 8pm. The topics discussed included:
- Concerns about odour control - these were addressed by the project team, highlighting the experience of the West Cork Model Railway Village which is adjacent to the Clonakilty WWTP
- Connections to Irish Water sewers- the project team will liaise directly with residents in the coming weeks.
- Timing of works for this project and any proposed work on public walkways –the project team will liaise with Cork County Council
- Traffic volumes and delay – the project team welcomed this local knowledge and insight and will incorporate this into the project approach to roadworks programming
- Submissions invited by An Bord Pleanala in relation to Planning Permission on the finalised location of pumping stations and pipeline on the lower side of Cork Lower Harbour
- Submissions invited by An Bord Pleanála in relation to the Foreshore Licence Application
- Submissions invited by An Bord Pleanála in relation to the Compulsory Purchase Order
- Public Information Evening in Ringaskiddy Community Centre on 5 June 2014 between 5pm and 9pm
- Public Information Evening for Monkstown residents in Scoil Barra Naofa on 16 June 2014 between 5pm and 8pm
- Public Information Evening in Passage Town Hall on 11 June 2014 between 5 and 9pm
- Public Information Day in Carrigaline Court Hotel on 15 May 2014 between 12 and 8pm
- Public Information Day in Cobh Community Centre on 16 May 2014 between 12 and 8pm
- Stakeholder meetings ongoing
- Presentation to Monkstown Residents Association on site selection for Monkstown pumping station
- Presentation to Passage West/ Monkstown Town Council on progress
EIS consultation prior to Irish Water
- A summary report of the scheme was presented to local Councillors at the Carrigaline Area Committee meeting on 18 September 2006. Following requests from the Councillors, an overview of the Cork Lower Harbour Project was presented to the Council members on 16 October 2006. In addition, an overview of the Project was presented to local interested parties in Shanbally on 28 November 2006.
- A Public Open Evening was widely advertised and was held at Ringaskiddy Community Hall from 3pm to 11pm on 11 January 2007 where local residents and businesses attended.
- A second Public Open Evening was presented to the local residents and interested parties in Ringaskiddy Community Hall on 06 December 2007 from 6pm to 9pm. Details of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed scheme were displayed at this and members of the team were present to answer questions.
In 2013, presentations were undertaken by Cork County Council with the following:
- Passage West/Monkstown Town Council (2-3 no.)
- Cobh Town Council (2 no.)
- Cork County Council Southern Committee (1 no.)
- Carrigaline Business & Community Associations (1 no.)
- Cobh Chamber of Commerce (1 no.)
- Cobh Tidy Towns (1 no.)
- Cobh Tourism Committee (1 no.)
Future engagement opportunities
We will continue to engage with local community to ensure that design and construction takes account of local issues. This process will achieve the best possible solution for improving water quality in Cork Lower Harbour and for the communities involved. If you would like someone from the project team to meet with your group, please email email@example.com or fill in the contact form below.
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