Leitrim council to waive contribution costs for pilot waste systems

Leitrim County Council has agreed to waive development-contribution costs for homeowners who participate in a controversial wastewater-treatment programme.

Leitrim is mainly unsuitable for septic tanks and special individual treatment plants are needed for one-off houses.

Leitrim County Council is to trial a pilot programme that would require homeowners to build their own sewerage-treatment plants, but they could cost up to €55,000.

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Initially, 13 applicants were chosen for the scheme, but only six have indicated they’re still willing to participate.

At a council meeting in November, Fianna Fáil councillor Sinead Guckian called for those who take part in the programme to have their development-contribution costs waived for building their homes.

This week, the council confirmed it would introduce the scheme, which would mean savings of at least €2,000 per household, and Councillor Guckian has welcomed the news.