Sewerage Improvement Works: North Down

Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 22nd February 2016.

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Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP 3:15 pm, 22nd February 2016

T6. Mr Weir asked the Minister for Regional Development, moving from wider European issues to more narrowly focused local issues, for an update on sewerage improvement works in North Down. (AQT 3536/11-16)

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for his question. In North Down, Northern Ireland Water is investing in the sewer network through carrying out maintenance activities, as well as addressing flooding issues. A number of schemes in North Down are in construction or nearing the construction phase, including some dealing with unsatisfactory intermittent discharges. The Clandeboye stream phase 2a is in construction, at a cost of £1.7 million, and phase 2b is nearing construction, at a cost of £3.6 million. The Rathmore stream is nearing construction at a cost of £200,000, and Belfast lough is nearing construction at a cost of £2 million. In addition — not in the Member's constituency but mine — the £250,000 Kircubbin drainage area plan and combined sewer overflow upgrade is nearing construction.

Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP

I thank the Minister for her response. Specifically, what improvement works are being done in the Millisle area?

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for his question. The Millisle sewerage improvement scheme is at construction stage. The project is aimed at improving bathing water, reducing the risk of flooding and enhancing the coastal area. The project involves the construction of a new underground pumping station in the car park/seafront area of Millisle. It also includes the laying of approximately 340 metres of sewage pumping main, and that, with the exception of the final connections, is substantially complete. It is anticipated that the overall programme of work will be completed in the summer of 2016.