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Matthews welcomes new funding for two Wicklow estates to connect to public water networks

Date: 21 September 2020

Green Party TD for Wicklow and newly appointed Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Steven Matthews has welcomed the news that over €454,000 has been earmarked for the Garden Village estate in Kilpedder and the Rath Luain estate in Dunlavin to connect their water services to the public networks.

Discussing the announcement, Deputy Matthews said, “this is extremely welcome news for residents in these estates and I know it has been a long road for many of those involved in the applications for funding and I would particularly like to commend all those involved in seeing this come to fruition.

"This funding has been released under the rather long winded ‘multi annual developer provided water services infrastructure resolution programme’. The focus of this first multi annual programme is on estates in towns and villages which have not been taken in charge by local authorities and rely on developer infrastructure, where the resolution is to connect their water services to the public networks.

"This is only the start of the process and as a local representative, I will continue to follow up with the Department to try and speed up the process for residents. As Chair of the Oireachtas Housing Committee, I will try to bring issues like this to the forefront of our discussions as there are a huge number of long-term housing infrastructure problems across Wicklow and Ireland that need to be addressed.



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