IFA National Environment + Rural Affairs Chairman Pat Farrell has called for the introduction of a retro-fit scheme for rural dwellers, who could face higher compliance obligations as part of new legislation on septic tanks.
Pat Farrell was critical of the failure of the septic tank legislation to provide any assistance to rural dwellers who may have to upgrade their septic tank systems. “A retro-fit scheme, which provides tax relief and grant support must be part of the solution, when new or upgraded systems are required.” He called on Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to move immediately to introduce a scheme.
Mr Farrell said, “The €50 registration charge is a further unjustified financial burden on rural households and will raise over €20m. This funding must be ring-fenced and matched by additional Government funding, and used to encourage people to repair septic tanks and meet the higher standards. This would provide a huge boost to employment and enterprise in the countryside.”