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Peter J. Martin
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Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Groomsport Beach Sewage

Tuesday 9th October 2012

Last week I was alerted by a constituent to possible effluent flowing out of an overflow drain on one of our beaches at Groomsport and I feel it is important that residents are made aware of this situation. My first reaction was to visit the beach and see for myself and indeed I found white, opaque fluid oozing out from under the concrete walkway. I contacted our own Environmental Health Officers within the Council and they in turn immediately telephoned the Northern Ireland Environment Agency [NIEA] to get some officials on site to assess the extent of problem.

Last week I was alerted by a constituent to possible effluent flowing out of an overflow drain on one of our beaches at Groomsport and I feel it is important that residents are made aware of this situation. My first reaction was to visit the beach and see for myself and indeed I found white, opaque fluid oozing out from under the concrete walkway. I contacted our own Environmental Health Officers within the Council and they in turn immediately telephoned the Northern Ireland Environment Agency [NIEA] to get some officials on site to assess the extent of problem. It is clear that this is some sort of sewerage overflow and as such is dangerous to the health of any people who come in contact with it. In fact the area of sand around the flow is also contaminated. 

This is clearly concerning for residents and detrimental to the environment and I am glad that NIEA [the body responsible for such incidents] have responded quickly to deal with this situation. I intend to monitor the problem as [at time of going to press] the reason for this overflow has not yet been clearly identified and I have been informed that NIEA are working on the issue. 

Over the last number of years Ballyholme and Groomsport beaches have suffered pollution due to Combined Sewage Overflows [CSO] and whilst all data points to the overall situation improving due to increased capital spending clearly there is more work to be done

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