An Bord Pleanála approve proposed Flood Relief Scheme for Arklow

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the An Bórd Pleanála decision to approve the proposed Flood Relief Scheme for the town of Arklow.  Minister Donnelly said: “This is a project I have been pushing for a number of years as it is of vital importance for the future of the town.

“In 2018 I invited then Minister for State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran to the town to see for himself what needed to be done and to ensure that the scheme was incorporated into Government policy.

“During the visit we made it clear that the scheme was essential to protect the town against both river and coastal erosion.

“It’s an issue that has been championed on the ground by Cllr Pat Fitzgerald and I’d like to also commend Wicklow County Council for the work they have done in pushing it forward.”

The Minister added: “I will continue to work with the local authorities and through the Government to make sure the project is delivered as quickly as possible.”

The estimated €28 investment by the OPW includes a plan to deepen the river as well as the introduction of new debris and gravel traps in order to improve conveyance.

It also includes elements to enhance the public realm, strengthening works to the existing quay walls and Arklow Bridge, the construction of floodwalls, glass panelling and an embankment as barriers against flood risk. Wicklow County Council will act as lead authority in delivering the scheme, with full funding and support provided by the OPW under the Capital Flood Relief Programme.

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