Limerick residents appeal to council to connect them with main sewerage scheme

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The Knocklyon Estate, where many residents are not connected to the main public sewerage scheme
NORTHSIDE residents have said they are living in “the stone age” as they are only connected to a limited sewerage service.

NORTHSIDE residents have said they are living in “the stone age” as they are only connected to a limited sewerage service.

Local activist Joe Crowley says residents in the Knocklyon estate, off the Clonmacken Road, are left fearing for their health over the fact they only have a limited service.

This has left them fearful of the sewers ‘backing up’, and their homes flooding.

Despite being just yards away from a main sewerage scheme, around 12 houses in the estate are not connected to it.

Mr Crowley says council workers have ‘rodded’ the waste, in the hope of creating more room as it has “nowhere else to go”.

He is questioning the purpose of the controversial Property Tax, when these residents do not have such basic infrastructure.

“Residents of the Clonmacken road have for several years sought resolution to a sewerage problem, without success. Some houses are connected, some not,” he explained in a statement.

“Houses in Knocklyon suffer an over ground pump station that seems a health hazard and backs up regularly.”

Mr Crowley said residents have campaigned long and hard for a change, but nothing has been done.

“No councillor in the area has taken ownership of the issue and the area is effectively unrepresented,” he said.

The activist - who is likely to stand in next year’s local elections - says he has been visiting several estates on the northside, and found many don’t know who their local councillor is.

“An amazing amount of residents have no idea of who their local Councillor is, to whom they can turn to when Council level assistance intervention is needed,” he said.

Mr Crowley made a direct appeal to the City Council’s water department “to buck up, listen and act competently on behalf of the Property Tax payers on the Clonmacken Road.”

One owner, who lives nearby said: “Ten or 12 homes have no link with the public sewers which are only a couple of hundred yards away. The pumping station needs to clear the sewage from the housing estate.”