Galliagh Shore, Enniskillen: Sewerage Issues

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 21st September 2020.

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Photo of Jemma Dolan Jemma Dolan Sinn Féin 3:00 pm, 21st September 2020

7. Ms Dolan asked the Minister for Infrastructure for an update on action she has taken regarding the sewerage issues at Galliagh Shore, Enniskillen. (AQO 700/17-22)

Photo of Nichola Mallon Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party

This is, undoubtedly, an extremely distressing situation for residents of Galliagh Shore. This is, as, I know, the Member is aware, a very complex issue in a private development, where a developer has not entered into an agreement with Northern Ireland Water to adopt the sewers in the development. The developer has subsequently gone into liquidation, and the sewerage infrastructure is overflowing and causing pollution. While the matter is not of the residents' making, neither my Department nor Northern Ireland Water has legal responsibility for addressing the issue. However, I am sensitive to the residents' extreme distress.

I have, therefore, written to Conor Murphy, Minister of Finance, to seek an urgent meeting to discuss Galliagh Shore and other private development sites with inadequate private sewerage infrastructure, as well as the funding shortfall facing Northern Ireland Water which is inhibiting it from being able to meet its statutory obligations. My hope is that, working together, a solution can be found to those issues.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 21st September 2020

That ends the period for listed questions. We now move on to 15 minutes of topical questions. I call Ms Clare Bailey. Clare, since you won the number-one spot in the ballot for both Ministers today, would you like to share your lottery ticket numbers?

Photo of Clare Bailey Clare Bailey Green

No chance, Mr Speaker; no chance. It will be the first number one that I get.