Castlemartyr village is included on a list of 9 Irish Water projects to have their existing sewage system upgraded.
Under the Water Utility’s Programme of Capital investment the village is included alongside Ballingeary, Macroom, Boherbue, Kanturk, Newmarket, Charleville, Rosscarbery/Owenahincha and Bantry.
It is understood that the Castlemartyr scheme is at conceptual design stage, with works expected to commence in 2021.
Fianna Fail Cllr James O’Connor told a recent Southern Committee that he was eager that Irish Water push ahead with the works as the Treatment Plant, over the past number of years, has been known to emit odours in the village
He said “It’s a disgusting problem” and “It’s something which the public representatives in the Midleton LEA should be pushing for, to see that it goes from concept to reality.”
Last year County Planners refused permission for hundreds of homes in the village, as the public water supply and sewage infrastructure was inadequate.
209 homes comprising of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties linking to the existing Gortnahomna Estate were turned down, while the village awaits the installation of new efficiencies in itsWastewater Treatment system.
In June last year, raw sewage spilt from the facility located in Mitchell’s Wood into the popular walking amenity, when an aeration tank overflowed following heavy rain, leading to fears for public health and safety.
Irish Water subsequently carried out some works to mitigate against flooding at the site.