Donabate Portrane Community Council was one of a number of groups to make submissions to Fingal County Council last month on where a new super sewage plant should be located.
The county council has appointed consultants to seek up to six sites initially for a regional sewage plant and an orbital sewer leading to it. The consultants are expected to present their shortlist of site sites in the autumn. Portrane is almost certain to figure in this shortlist of sites.
The consultants and Fingal County Council will again seek submissions once a preferred site is seleted, which is expected to be selected by the end of this year, or early next year.
Donabate Portrane Community Council feels strongly that Portrane is the wrong location for such a facility, as its submission makes clear. The peninsula was previously identified as the site for a new regional sewage plant, which raises the question if the whole site selection process has not been predetermined. Also, the environmental sensitivity of the area makes its unsuitable for such an infrastructural project.
Work is being carried out at the moment in Donabate and Portrane on a smaller plant to serve the two villages along with Rush and Lusk. The community has accepted that plant, but feels a monster, regional plant is not appropriate for the area.