Thursday, 15 October 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
153. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the date on which funding will be made available to a county council (details supplied) that applied for funding to deal with wastewater treatment plants in housing estates to allow it to take these estates in charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30848/20]
On 21 September, I announced allocations under the new multi-annual capital investment programme for the progressive resolution of housing estates with “developer provided water services infrastructure”, to enable the taking in charge of these estates. The announcement followed an independent Expert Panel review of all valid bids. The Panel’s recommendations are based on criteria set out in the Framework document issued to local authorities when requesting bid proposals.
The focus of the first multi-annual programme is on estates in towns and villages where the resolution is to connect their water services to the public networks. The programme will also support a number of pilot projects where connection is not feasible in the immediate future. These pilot projects, together with a major study to be under taken by Irish Water, will inform future policy on resolving sub-standard developer provided infrastructure with sustainable solutions in such areas. This, the first funding cycle of the new multi-annual programme, runs to the end of 2021.
All local authorities that submitted bids were informed about the outcome of their bids in a circular which included a copy of the Expert Panel report on the bids process. The report provides the commentary of the Panel on their evaluation in the case of unsuccessful bids and guidance for the local authority in making future bids in upcoming programmes. The Deputy will find that the circular and report addresses all of the items raised in the question.
The circular is available on my Department's website at the link under: