On Wednesday, the 20th of March 2019, the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing on the Greater Dublin Drainage Project €500 million Clonshaugh sewage plant began in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin. Deputy Broughan attended the opening session of the oral hearing on Wednesday and will be presenting to the hearing on Friday afternoon, the 22nd of March 2019. The Greater Dublin Drainage Project (GDD) is a proposal to develop a new regional wastewater treatment facility and associated infrastructure to serve Dublin and parts of the surrounding counties of Kildare and Meath. The proposal involves a massive wastewater (or sewage) treatment plant and a major sludge hub to be located just north of the R139/N32 in Clonshaugh.
During the summer, Deputy Broughan submitted his own detailed submission to An Bord Pleanála objecting to the proposed location of the Greater Dublin Drainage Project in Clonshaugh/Baldoyle Bay so close to residential estates. He also wrote to constituents in the neighbouring areas to notify them of the plans submitted by Irish Water with regards to the Greater Dublin Drainage project. Deputy Broughan also previously held meetings and made extensive submissions on earlier phases of this proposal. He remains totally opposed to the location of this project in Clonshaugh and will be expressing this opposition in his presentation on Friday afternoon.
Deputy Broughan says “While I can accept that wastewater facilities for Fingal are needed, I absolutely disagree with the proposed location of Clonshaugh/Baldoyle in this case. In my oral submission tomorrow, I will be highlighting the potential serious health impacts in terms of odours, emissions, noise, vibration and traffic gridlock on my constituents in North Coolock, the North Fringe, Baldoyle and Howth. I’ll also be raising the dangers of placing a sewage plant on the lower flightpath to Dublin Airport and the certain disastrous hydrological and flooding impacts. Finally, I’ll be making a strong case that since Baldoyle Bay is now part of the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere, this plan for Clonshaugh and Baldoyle must be abandoned.”