Latest News about the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme
Hello and welcome to the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme online newsletter. Over the coming months and throughout this project the Municipal District of Bray, Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) aim to keep the town and particularly the residents living near the Dargle River, fully informed of the schemes progress at every stage.
This project is one of the key capital investment projects by Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) with an investment of €40 million and over the next two years (2014 to late 2016) will see the completion of this vital Flood Defence Scheme.
As you may already know the Flood Defence Scheme involves the widening and deepening of the river channel and the construction of walls and embankments along a 3.3km stretch from Silverbridge at the N11 to the Harbour Bridge at Bray Harbour.
The scheme is required to protect both property, but more importantly, lives in Little Bray.
Wicklow County Council is now continuing the construction with Tom Foley Management Ltd taking on the role of Construction Management Service Provider and back in July 2014, works recommenced on the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme.
We hope that through this online newsletter you will get a real sense of the whole scheme and how we are progressing with the works.
Message to the Residents
Wicklow County Council would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the residents affected by the ongoing flood defence works for their continuous co-operation and patience throughout the scheme.
As planned, the flood protection works were substantially completed in September 2016. It is with great delight we can now announce that due to the works carried out to widen and deepen the river channel and the construction of walls and embankments along a 3.3km stretch from Silverbridge at the N11 to the Harbour Bridge at Bray Harbour, all properties in the area are now protected from a 1 in 100 fluvial event and a 1 in 200 tidal event. More importantly however, the likelihood of potential loss of lives in such an event has been mitigated.
We are aiming to have the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme completed in it’s entirety by September 2017. This is subject to weather and ground conditions.
What works have been completed to date
The flood defence works are completed at the following locations:
- Seapoint Court
- Killarney Glen
- La Vallee
Scheme Focus in 2017
In 2017 the primary focus will be on works that are peripheral to the flood defences. Our latest spring 2017 River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme Newsletter describes in more detail the main works. You can read it below or download it here.
Works In Pictures
Before and After – What will you see when the scheme is completed.
Click here to download a ‘before and after’ artists impression of the completed scheme.
The Environmental Monitoring Committee comprising representatives from the Office of Public Works, Inland Fisheries Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Local Angling interest, Community Representatives and Wicklow County Council meet every 6-8 weeks. Following the meeting, a memo will be prepared detailing the items raised and the actions to be taken.
The objectives of the Committee are to:
- Ensure co-ordination of environmental mitigation measures
- To monitor compliance with the mitigation measures set out in the EIS and liaise with appropriate authorities
- Make observations/recommendations to the appropriate authorities via the Town Clerk (now District Administrator)
- Facilitate liaison and communication between stakeholders represented in the committee
To download the latest Environmental Monitoring Committee Meeting Summary click here.
The Environmental Monitoring Committee will continue to meet in 2017.
Click here to access and download the Environmental Impact Statement.
Access and download Works drawings
Click here to access and download Landscape drawings for People’s Park.
Click here to access and download Irish Rail People’s Park proposed Phase 2 works
If you have any concerns that you would like addressed, please do not hesitate in contacting Kaley Jameson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01 2744900.
We would like to thank everybody who attended the Public Information Evening in December 2015. It was very well attended and provided a good opportunity to meet people, explain the upcoming works and to address any queries and concerns raised.
Download any of our Newsletters – Just click on the date to open
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Keep up to date
We have received a lot of positive engagement from the public since our last newsletter. Thank you for your feedback, comments and questions.
You can get in contact with us sending an email to email@example.com or why not ‘Ask’ about this scheme on social media. Simply include the hashtag #OurTownOurRiver in your question and post to our Twitter or Facebook pages.
© Municipal District of Bray 2017