Galliagh Shore, Enniskillen: Sewerage Issues

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

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Photo of Nichola Mallon Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:00 pm, 21st September 2020

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.