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Boyle questions Minister on Ballycolman sewage overflow.

Published: 13 February, 2012


Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has asked DRD Minister Danny Kennedy to establish whether any underlying infrastructure problems contributed to the sewage overflow which flooded gardens at the bottom of the Ballycolman Estate in Strabane last Thursday and, if so, provide details of how his Department will address these problems.
She said,
"Throughout Thursday, my office was in regular contact with NI Water on behalf of local residents who were adversely affected by the sewage overflow which flooded gardens and footpaths at the bottom of the estate and I would like to take this opportunity to thank NI water staff for their efforts in dealing with the problem including the following decontamination clean up which had to go on well into Friday.
"However, this has been a serious failure in the sewage system and the distressing and unpleasant consequences local residents were forced to endure could have been even much worse if sewage had entered homes.
"NI Water has come back to my office today saying that the failure was caused by a blockage which will not require any further follow up.
"However, given that there have been previous problems with sewers in the area, I am asking DRD Minister Danny Kennedy to state whether there are underlying infrastructural problems which could have contributed to this sewage overflow and, if so, outline how any underlying problems will be addressed." ENDS

Written question submitted to Assembly DRD Minister Danny Kennedy (today Monday 13 February)
"To ask the Minister of Regional Development to state whether any underlying infrastructure problems contributed to the substantial sewage overflow and flooding at homes in the Ballycolman Estate in Strabane, on 9th February, and ,if so, outline what steps are to be taken to remedy these problems.