Road workers told to deliver septic tank charge letter

A county councillor has objected to the use of outdoor staff to deliver information to householders on the septic tank charges.

Danny Healy-Rae said he was appalled Kerry County Council management was “making postmen out of road workers” at a time when urgent road repairs had not been done.

“These men have plenty of work to be doing on the roads which are in a terrible state after all the bad weather,” he said.

“Trees and hedges also need to be cut along the roads which have become very dangerous. People are in danger of losing their eyes from briars on roads around the county.”

A council spokesman yesterday confirmed staff will be delivering information leaflets on the septic tank registration process to homes around the county, over the coming days.

“The aim is to ensure that as many people as possible are fully informed of the registration process, allowing them to register their system before Sept 28 when the fee rises from €5 to €50,” he added.

“The local knowledge that council staff have of the county will ensure the information will be delivered only to houses with septic tanks and treatment systems, rather than those who are connected to the public sewer.

“This is not possible with other methods of delivery, including postal delivery.”

The spokesman said the work will be carried out by staff in conjunction with their normal work and no work programmes would be affected, or left undone. Staff would also be carrying identification. He stressed they would not be collecting money, or any data, nor would they be looking to enter any person’s house.

In relation to road works, the spokesman said there was an obligation on landowners to cut roadside hedges and trees on their property, adding it was not the council’s responsibility.


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