first_imgLough Anna in Glenties.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today welcomed the decision by Environment Minister Alan Kelly to examine controversial proposals by Irish Water to decommission Lough Anna as a public water source.The minister’s decision comes following a request made by Deputy Doherty back in July that the Minister intervene in Irish Water’s plans to reconfigure the public water supply in the Glenties area, something which would result in the subsequent closure of the much beloved natural spring lake.“I wrote to the Minister back in July when it was announced publicly that Irish Water was planning to make these changes to the area’s public water system which included plans to decommission Lough Anna – a ground water body with natural springs. “Many local residents here felt that this was the wrong decision and that Irish water’s proposals to instead service the region using an alternative water source – which they felt would be of an inferior quality –  was not in their best interests as a community going forward.“It was because of this that I took the decision to write to Minister Kelly in which I urged him to intervene in this matter and to ensure that the concerns and grievances of residents here were both listened to and taken into account prior to any formal decision being made in respect of these plans to reconfigure the local network.“Following on from this, I have since received confirmation from the Minister that he has now requested that Irish Water report back to him and advise him on this matter as a result of these concerns which have been raised in relation to the proposals by the utility.“The facts are that Lough Anna is a raw water source of high quality which has served as the main water source of the area and surrounding hinterland for decades. Locals are rightly very proud of it and they feel deeply aggrieved that they were not adequately consulted with prior to the announcement of these plans. “The Minister has also asked Irish Water to report back to myself regarding their plans as a matter of urgency and this is something which I now very much look forward to receiving and I will continue to work with the local community to ensure that their needs and best interests are taken into account.”IRISH WATER TO REVIEW PROPOSED CLOSURE OF LOUGH ANNA WATER SUPPLY was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GlentiesLough AnnaPearse Dohertypublic water supplylast_img

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