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O’Shea Welcomes Commencement of Water Services Infrastructure Resolution Programme

O’Shea Welcomes Commencement of Water Services Infrastructure Resolution Programme

North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has welcomed the commencement of the multi-annual developer provided Water Services Infrastructure (DPI) Resolution Programme 2019-2021.  

Cllr. O’Shea’s colleague, Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, announced this week a new investment programme to support the progressive resolution, on a priority basis, of legacy DPI in housing estates. 

The National Taking in Charge Initiative (NTICI) Report published in December 2018 is the culmination of the Department’s pilot funding initiative. 

The publication of the NTICI report is of value to local authorities and other stakeholders in applying the lessons from the seven pilot authorities, in a more general roll-out of a streamlined approach to taking-in-charge, including through coordination with capital works by Irish Water. 

Further to the publication of the NTICI Report and in line with its recommendations relating to DPI, the Minister is now announcing the launch of a Multi-Annual Developer Provided Water Services Infrastructure Resolution Programme for the period 2019-2021 to progressively resolve, on a priority basis, the DPI estates in a sustainable way. 

Welcoming the new multi-annual developer provided DPI Resolution Programme , Cllr. O’Shea said: “It is important that every effort is made to ensure that the backlog of estates, including those with developer provided water services infrastructure, not yet taken in charge be progressed and resolved through a continuous active taking in charge programme 

“Taking in charge gives householders in these estates confidence that the public services for their homes will be properly managed and maintained into the future. The new multi-annual developer provided water services infrastructure resolution programme that Minister Murphy has announced significantly contributes to this,” he said. 

Capital funding of €6 million has been provided in 2019, increasing to €10 million in 2020.  A total of €31 million has been committed under the National Development Plan, published last year, to 2021. 

To commence the multi-annual programme local authorities are now being invited to bid for project funding for the sustainable resolution of the DPI operating in these residential estates.