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Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council

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Publish Date: Monday, 26 April 2004

Press Release
26th April 2004
Ref: PR217.04


Councillors in Dungannon and South Tyrone have stepped up their campaign to combat the lack of water supplies to homes in isolated rural areas. A cross party representation of Council has been lobbying various statutory groups to question the inadequate level of funding allocated to provide what they see as a basic need. The Council is now seeking details from those residing in the Borough Council who have currently none, or a restricted, water supply to their homes.

In May 2003 the Council was advised by the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety that discussions were ongoing between Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Service with a view to establishing a water purification grant scheme for individual unconnected properties (funded by Rural Development Programme).
In September 2003, Councillors were made aware of the EC Rural Development funding programme but were concerned that individuals were ineligible to apply.

A group of nominated Councillors expressed concern to senior DARD officials at a special meeting, and new information has now been received from DARD advising of a further EC funding opportunity which may provide the opportunity for an application to be made for a water supply proposal.

The Council is now asking residents of the Borough area affected by absence or restriction on water to contact either their local Councillor, or telephone the Environmental Health department on 028 8772 0367. The Council is also interested in hearing from organisations with the capacity to submit a bid for funding, preferably encompassing all of the rural Council regions.

Emma Heatherington
Public Relations Officer
Tel: 028 8772 0341
Email: [email protected]

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