Milford Sewage Plant Stinks - Cllr. O'Donnell

That is the view expressed this week by Independent Cllr. John O'Donnell after meeting a number of residents living close to the facil­ity. He has expressed his frustration about progress on what he terms as the completely outdated treatment plant and the lack of progress on any upgrade. He highlights this lack of progress saying that his father, the late Cllr. Eddie O'Donnell was raising con­cerns about the same plant more than 25 years ago.

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The matter was also raised by Cllr. Liam Blaney at the last meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal Dis­trict. He said the current facility was not fit for purpose and people living in the vicinity were regularly being exposed to a bad odour.

The treatment plant is close to the renowed fishing lake of Lough Fern with Cllr. O’Donnell hear­ing claims that the outlet from the plant is going in there in a very unstable condition. Located close the town’s public services centre and overlooked by the Lough Fern and Moyle View estates, the issue has come in for stinging criticism for many years. Cllr. O’Donnell says he has sympathy for those living close the plant because the odour stinks and the rotten smell is no longer acceptable.

“It has needed a major upgrade for the last thirty years. There was a plan to link the Milford and Ramelton sew­age treatments plants in one unit in the vicinity of McAdoo’s Corner but that too has been abandoned.
There are huge sewage treatment problems in many other parts of the Letterkenny electoral area including Rathmullan, Kil­macrennan and Glen Village but unfortunately I do not see and short term solutions coming forward. All the Council could do was refer me to Irish Water,” added Cllr. O’Donnell.

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