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Monkstown Residents “Dummy” Irish Water Plans

Monkstown Residents “Dummy” Irish Water Plans Writes Jack White

Residents of Monkstown and the Lower Harbour have erected a “dummy” substation to highlight their opposition to Irish Water plans to construct a three-metre high electrical substation in the main village car park, blocking views of the sea from the road and footpath. The Irish Water plans, which form part of the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project, were known about for some time leading up to the weekend’s demonstration and were discussed further at open evenings, (advertised in last week’s edition of The Carrigdhoun), hosted by Irish Water in Passage West on Monday 13th March and in Monkstown on Tuesday 14th March. Writing in The Carrigdhoun this week (Page 7) Cllr Marcia D’Alton explains, “As is the case with so many of the Lower Harbour towns, sewage from Monkstown still flows untreated into Cork Harbour. But unlike other Lower Harbour towns, Monkstown plays a critical role in the delivery of the Lower Harbour Main Drainage scheme. It is here that the sewage flows from Cobh will combine with those from Passage West and Glenbrook and pumped onwards to the wastewater treatment plant at Shanbally”. She continues, “To illustrate how damaging Irish Water’s proposal would be, Monkstown residents have erected a “dummy” substation. It has been built as an almost identical match to the measurements of the proposed substation and erected in the precise location proposed by Irish Water. In fact, as my small boy ran out from behind it into the path of an oncoming car, it is clear that its undesirability would extend well beyond the aesthetics”. See Cllr D’Alton’s Full Article on Page 7.

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