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Latest News about the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme

Welcome note

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.

Latest News

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:

  • Coburg
  • Seapoint Court
  • Killarney Glen
  • Riversdale
  • La Vallee

Scheme Focus in 2017

In April 2017’s edition of the newsletter we will provide a brief outline of the progress made to date and to detail the ongoing works on the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme. As mentioned in the last newsletter the primary focus in 2017 will be on works that are peripheral to the flood defences.

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.

Environmental News 

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: or by phone 01 2744900.

Information Evening 

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

November 2014 Update 

January 2015 Update

March 2015 Update 

May 2015 Update

Autumn/Winter 2015 Update

Winter/Spring 2016 Update

Summer/Autumn 2016 Update

Autumn / Winter 2016 Update

Early Spring 2017 Update

Click here to read all Newsletters through

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 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