Tuesday, 1 December 1998
Dáil Éireann Debate
263. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the policy of his Department in relation to making more serviced land available for house building; the action, if any, taken in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25666/98]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): A total of £39 million special Exchequer funding is being provided to local authorities under the Government's serviced land initiative for water and sewerage projects designed specifically to open up additional land for housing. A total of 161 projects will be funded under the initiative. Local authorities expect that over 40 of these will commence this year. The serviced land initiative is a special measure to supplement the main water and sewerage investment programme which is at the highest level ever at almost £185 million in 1998, and is being increased further to £268 million in 1999.
Funding under the serviced land initiative is being provided at a rate of 40 per cent of cost, with the balance being provided by local authorities, primarily through development levies, resulting in total investment of about £100 million. It is estimated that this investment will result in the servicing of sites for an additional 100,000 housing units. In addition, £5 million special Exchequer funding is being provided for road access to open up land for housing.
264. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 274 of 24 November 1998 the estimated cost of the work approved by his Department in relation to the sewerage scheme in Midleton, County Cork; the estimated cost of the proposals submitted and not approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25667/98]
Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Dempsey): The current estimated value of the civil works element of the Midleton sewage treatment plant in respect of which contract documents were recently approved is £7.5 million.
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