Current Public Consultations 2017

From time to time, Waterford City & County Council asks for the public's input and opinion on proposed developments in Waterford. Different projects and plans may have periods of public consultation, during which members of the public can make observations on proposed developments or can contribute ideas to proposed projects.

Projects regarding which the public's opinion/consultation is currently requsted are listed below:


Public Participation in the Identification of Waterford Bathing Waters


Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use. To help with this process, Waterford City and County Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season. These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.
  • If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please contact or phone 0761 10 20 20.

    Closing date for submissions to Waterford City and County Council is 3rd August 2017. For further information please ring 0761 10 20 20.

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    Better Energy Communities Scheme 2017


    Waterford Energy Bureau / Waterford City and County Council Environment Department are seeking to engage with community groups and businesses to partake in partnership with WCCC in submitting a funding application for energy efficiency and renewable energy Technologies installations under the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland under the “Better Energy Communities scheme 2017”. Funding is available for cross sector projects for increasing the energy performance of buildings, community facilities and transport systems.

    Level of Funding available includes:

  • Private Sector Buildings (up to 30% grant funding)
  • Commercial organisations (up to 30% grant funding)
  • Voluntary / Community-based organisations (50% grant funding)
  • Public sector non-residential works. (30%-50% depending on project)
  • Renewable energy technology that can be funded include biomass boilers, solar water heating, solar PV, heat pumps and combined heat and power plants. Eligible energy efficiency upgrades that are eligible under the scheme include heating upgrades, pumps, insulation, windows, doors, LED lighting, transport equipment etc.

    The grant application will be submitted by mid February and only projects proposed by the end of January will be considered within an overall grant application value up to €1,000,000. Subject to grant approval all related works have to be completed by October 2017. Expressions of interest can be submitted to

    See also the Sustainable Energies Ireland website for application forms and further information.

    These periods of public consultation have closed. To enquire about a project, please call 0761 10 20 20 or email us