The decision to upgrade the town centre’s sewerage system in conjunction with bringing natural gas to Nenagh has been welcomed.
The move, which will see a E10m investment in Nenagh, was announced by Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, last week.
“It makes sense,” Cllr Hughie McGrath told the Tipperary Star.
The Independent councillor has been calling for work on the system for the past number of years due to a smell around the town in dry weather.
Welcoming the decision to do the gas work and sewerage scheme together, he said: “It drives the public mad when they see a road dug up again by another utility. They can’t understand why there is no joined up thinking.”
Praising Minister Kelly for his initiative, Cllr McGrath said it had to be recognised when the Minister did something.
“In fairness, he listened,” he said.
Cllr McGrath said he had raised the issue with the council last year and was told that while an application was with the Department, it didn’t seem to be a priority for them.
The Independent councillor said the foul smell around parts of the town over the summer was caused by the fact that most of the system around Pearse Street, Kenyon Street and Friar Street consisted of old stone culverts that needed to be flushed in dry weather.
Deputy Kelly announced that natural gas would be coming to Nenagh some time back, and work is expected to start on the project shortly. It is anticipated that Arrabawn Co-op will be the first major plant to use natural gas and this will result in massive energy savings for the company. The gas will then be rolled out in the town on a phased basis.
Meanwhile, Cllr McGrath further praised Minister Kelly for his decision to allow council’s impose a 3 per cent levy on unleased buildings under new legislation. He said he looked forward to certain town centre sites being cleaned up as a result.