SINN Fein councillor for Magherafelt, Kate McEldowney has welcomed the start of the work to upgrade the Wastewater Treatment Works in Swatragh. The £1.6 million investment work will commence this month and is expected to take about 12 months.
“This is very welcome news. I have been stressing the need for an upgrade of this basic service for the people of the area and it good to see the work progressing without further delay,” she said.
“It is something that most people can take for granted but the people of the Swatragh have been forced to tolerate substandard facilities. It has meant that any new developments or homes have been unable to plug into the existing system and have had to install and use domestic septic tanks, which require regular emptying.
“This upgrade will hopefully see an end to this situation and open the way for further housing developments and give a boost for the local construction trade and workers.
“There may be an element of disruption as the scheme progresses and there will be increased construction traffic through the centre of the village but I would ask people in the village for their patience as the completed works will be for the benefit of the people of the area.
“I have been assured NI water and the contractor will be making every effort to keep disruptions to a minimum and it will be great to see the scheme completed.”