Thursday, 8 December 2005
Dáil Éireann Debate
233. Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in view of the survey under way into the development of a Liffey Valley park, his views on whether the lands at Cooldrinagh, Leixlip which are within the Liffey Valley catchment and were recently purchased by Fingal County Council with national funds for the expansion of their water treatment plant are potentially in conflict with the objective of developing such a park; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38631/05]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): Fingal County Council’s proposal to expand the Leixlip water treatment plant is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2004-06. Lands at Cooldrinagh have been acquired by the council for this purpose. I understand that Fingal County Council has an application for planning permission for the treatment plant with South Dublin County Council, in whose functional ambit it would be located. Further advancement of this proposal will be contingent on the outcome of the planning process.
I understand that the Liffey Valley park feasibility study is being undertaken by the Office of Public Works on behalf of Dublin City Council and Fingal, Kildare and South Dublin County Councils to assist the establishment of a Liffey Valley park. Apart from lands already acquired by the State for this project, and which do not include the above Cooldrinagh site, the precise extent of the proposed Liffey Valley park remains to be determined in light of the study now under way.
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