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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.

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Click here to see the heights of the proposed mound / wall at different points along Clontarf (PDF format).

Click here to see the Environmental Impact Study for the proposal (PDF format).

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3 Responses to “Clontarf Flood Defences”

  1. 1
    Cllr Jane Horgan-Jones:

    This evening I attended an emergency meeting of the North Central Area Committee, called to discuss the proposed flood defence works in Clontarf.

    At the outset of the meeting, I outlined to the council officials present how, at each stage in the process, local representatives and the public had been generally left out and not adequately consulted. This can be seen at every level – whether it is the absence of any public reps or locals on the Clontarf Promenade Steering Committee, the fact that DCC never returned to public reps with the new plans once the height had been changed, the fact that the EIS when completed was never on public display anywhere in Clontarf, or even that the very day after DCC announced the start of the ‘public consultation process’ by way of advertisement in the Irish Independent, the application was made to An Bord Pleanala – a mere 24 hour window before residents would have to pay An Bord Pleanala fifty euro if they wanted any input. Seamus Lyons, Assistant City Manager, in response to my points, admitted that ‘the message did not get through’, adding ‘for that we take responsibility.’ This was a significant movement from the previous position of the City Council that the consultation process had been complete and adequate.

    We are now faced with a situation where, unless changes are made to the proposed plans, a large scale development with the potential to seriously impact upon daily life in Clontarf will be imposed upon the local community after a consultation process that DCC themselves accept was below standard.

    I know that people in Clontarf want flood defence works to be undertaken, and are cognisant of the risks posed into the future if something is not done. But whatever is done must only come about after a genuine, multi-lateral consultation process that takes into account the very real concerns expressed by Clontarf residents in their droves to me and to other local representatives over the last few days.

    The Assistant City manager gave a commitment that he would facilitate the re opening of a consultation process to involve DCC, An Bord Pleanala, the Office of Public Works and most importantly, public representatives and local residents to take place over the next four weeks, prior to the City Council meeting on the 7th November. At that meeting, a presentation will be made on the progress of that consultation, and if necessary, the process can be extended. I hope that the City Council will fully engage with this process, in recognition of the fact that we would likely not be in this situation now had the consultation process been properly utilised in the first place.

    I will be in close contact with the Residents’ Association, Clontarf Business Association and other groups and individuals over the coming weeks to closely monitor this consultation process and to provide assistance whenever necessary. If there is any other step you would like me to take on your behalf or any further information you require, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Best regards,

    Cllr Jane Horgan-Jones

  2. 2
    GaelTeic:

    The concern over the flood defence scheme was covered on the RTÉ TV News on 11 October 2011. Click on the link below to view the report.
    http://www.rte.ie/news/av/2011/1011/media-3078071.html#

  3. 3
    Manus O'Brolchain:

    I am horrified at the proposal to destroy the linear park in Clontarf. It is not a flood defence. There has been no floods in my lifetime at the bottom of Castle Avenue.

    It is a cheap way of laying a water Pipe.

    The Council destroyed most of Georgian Dublin so why should I be suprised?

    Manus O’Brolchain

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