Clontarf Flood Defences
Dublin City Council are controversially proposing to build a Flood Defence System along Clontarf Promonade.
Their proposal comprises a series of earth mounds and walls along Clontarf Promenade between Alfie Byrne Road (Fairview end) and the Bull Wall to protect nearby roads and properties from coastal flooding. The total length is circa 3km. They propose to combine this project with the North City Arterial Watermain - essentially the water pipe will be buried under the mound of the flood defence.
Paragraph 1.3.2 of the EIS states that “the flood defence will comprise an earth bund ranging from 0.85m to 2.75m (average 1.7m) in height depending on the location and existing ground levels on site”.
It is this height that has residents on Dublin’s Northside so concerned.
Clontarf Residents Association point out that:
- The sea view when driving along the Clontarf Road will be eliminated.
- if this plan is implemented, pedestrians or joggers using the pathway close to the sea will not be able to see the road
- Equally importantly they will not be visible from the road which produces its own potential security risk.
- Cyclists using the cycle path will not have a view of the sea.
- Householders who currently have a sea view at ground level will no longer be able to see any part of the sea.
- There will be limited access points to allow you to move from one side of the berm to the other (unless you are able to walk up and over it).
- The area on the sea side of the berm will no longer be visible from the road and this will make that part of the promenade much more difficult to police and thus increase the potential for anti-social activity.
On 11 October, DCC issued a letter which undertook that the project will not be advanced for a further 2 week period - this means the project will not progress until the end of October at the soonest.
There will be a Protest Meeting against Proposed Flood Defence Wall on Clontarf Promenade on Sunday 16 October at 3pm at the Wooden Bridge.
The issue was covered on RTE radio’s Liveline on 10 October 2011 - you can listen to it below.