Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has expressed disappointment at the slow progress that is been made on project to address the Old Bray landfill at the North Beach in Bray that is being washed into the sea.
A coastal defence and environmental protection that has been approved it was hoped that it would have commenced before Christmas, however the process has taken longer than expected to go to procurement. It is now hoped that the process will proceed early in the new year.
Expressing disappointment at the delay in progressing the project Deputy Brady said “In June it was hoped that the approved scheme to address the erosion of the old landfill at Bray’s North Beach would commence in 2019. Unfortunately, that is now not going to be the case as there have been a number of delays in advancing the project.”
“After receiving a comprehensive briefing from the project engineer, it is now hoped to go to procurement early in the new year. Whilst these delays are disappointing, it’s important that advancing the project is still seen as a priority.”
“The pace in which this project has advanced is really frustrating. I first started working on this project 14 years ago. About 10 years ago, after continuously pursuing the issue, Wicklow County Council carried out exploratory digs in the area to ascertain the type of waste and possible quantities.
“It was only at that stage did the council start the process of engaging Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to try advance a project to deal with the waste. Unfortunately, it also took a number of complaints to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minister to keep the project moving forward.”
“The old dump which is located on the border between Wicklow and Dublin was used by the local authorities in Bray right up until the 1960s. It’s estimated that it contains more than 104,000 cubic metres of waste including, asbestos, excessive levels of ammoniacal nitrogen, potassium and manganese. Due to coastal erosion the old landfill has been getting washed into the Irish Sea, causing an environmental disaster.”
Deputy Brady concluded “The detailed design for the project is currently being finalised, a comprehensive traffic management plan is also needed as part of the project which is estimated will cost €2m. The scheme consists of the placing of an armour stone revetment at the toe of the cliff at the landfill and stabilising the cliff face above by re-grading to a long-term stable slope.
“The work will prevent contaminated material reaching the foreshore. It is proposed to maintain beach access by means of a path along the cliff top and a set of access steps down through the revetment at the northern end. I will continue to work on this project until it is complete and the environmental disaster in the area is ended.”