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Greater emphasis should be placed on developers for sustainable drainage

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Mid and East Antrim’s three towns are among 11 most in need of “urgent infrastructure” for a sewage and wastewater network , a report to the borough council has stated.

The report says that it will “present some major barriers to the implementation of the new Local Development Plan if these issues are not resolved”.

Councillors have been told that, in particular, resolutions are needed for wastewater treatment which is said to be “particularly important in the areas of Carrickfergus and Greenisland”.

The council’s Chief Executive has been taking part in meetings with Northern Ireland Water to discuss “short-term solutions” until “major investment is made”.

The local authority will be continuing to liaise with Northern Ireland Water on a regular basis “in order to ensure that the three towns are significantly placed in relation to any investment at an early stage”, councillors have been told.

They were also advised that “sewerage infrastructure capacity issues are currently proving problematic” in Larne and Ballymena.

In response to the “Living with Water in Belfast” public consultation, the council said: “Only when stormwater is separated from wastewater will we be able to effectively manage the water flowing through our urban areas and take the pressure off our wastewater infrastructure.”

“Greater emphasis should be placed on developers to include sustainable drainage within all schemes as standard.

“This also includes works undertaken by government and statutory undertakers.”

It has been noted that Carrickfergus is classified as one of 12 areas of “potential significant flood risk”.

The council has stated: “It is important that the main objectives for managing the drainage and wastewater issues are met.

“Developing the greater Carrickfergus area in terms of housing, employment, infrastructure and tourism are key strategic priorities for council and it is imperative the water and sewage infrastructure will support such growth and development.

“Within the next 10 years, council intend to lead on significant capital improvement through the Carrickfergus Regeneration Investment Plan and Belfast City Deal opportunities.

“Having an improved water system will not only facilitate these council-led plans but moreover will have a positive impact on encouraging future private residential development and improving the general outlook and facilities within the greater Carrickfergus area.”

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