Clare’s coastal sea defenses undergo repairs

Clare’s coastal sea defenses undergo repairs

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Coastal defense works underway in Kilkee on Friday 27 November 2015
Coastal defense works underway in Kilkee on Friday 27 November 2015

Clare County Council has announced that storm remediation works will begin at a number of coastal locations in County Clare this week.

BAM have commenced phase two of the reconstruction of the Seawall at Kilkee. Phase one was substantially completed for the summer of 2015 and phase two will be completed before the start of the 2016 season.

A contract has been signed with L&M Keating to repair existing concrete sea defences damaged during a succession of storms in late 2013 and early 2014 at Whitestrand (Doonbeg), Rhynagonnaught, Carradotia (Moneypoint) and Cappagh.

Work is scheduled to get underway at Cappagh and Carradotia this week and will be completed in early 2016. Storm repair works at Whitestrand and Rhynagonnaught will commence in early January and are expected to be completed by April.

Clare County Council has also outlined the updated situation regarding a number of other storm remediation projects.

To date, storm repair works have been completed at Ballyvaughan Pier, New Quay Pier, Whitestrand Miltown Malbay, Spanish Point, Quilty village, Labasheeda, Rineville and Clahane. Coastal protection works by Cotter Plant Hire at Knock is nearing completion within the next fortnight, while work by Guerin & Considine on the construction of sea defenses and the repair of the pier at Liscannor is ongoing.

The proposed coastal protection works at Lahinch are at planning stage. The works involve the strengthening of the existing revetment, the repair of the steps and slipways, and the repair of the promenade and the existing seawall.

Meanwhile, phase two of the storm damage remediation project in Kilkee is well underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of April 2016 in time for the summer season.

A Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Management Study has been completed at Clohaninchy near Quilty, and has been sent to the OPW for its consideration. Consultants have been appointed to undertake Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Management Studies at Liscannor Bay (Liscannor, Clahane and Lahinch), Mal Bay (Whitestrand, Miltown Malbay, Spanish Point, Quilty village), Kilbaha, Flaggy Shore/Aughinish Island and Doolin.

Funding has recently been received by Clare County Council from the OPW for the repair of embankments along the Shannon Estuary and other coastal protection works along Clare’s Atlantic coast.

The proposed works at Kilcredaun in Carrigaholt, meanwhile, are at design stage.

The updated programme of works has been welcomed by Councillor James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council who said: “The fact that L&M Keating are commencing work on four different projects is very positive news for the communities concerned as is the progress being made on a large number of other storm remediation projects along the Shannon Estuary and Atlantic coastline.”

“The progress made in relation to these projects will help to alleviate the fears of many people who have expressed concern over what effect the storm damage would have on their communities and tourism infrastructure. I want to commend the Council for its work in this regard and look forward to further progress taking place in the weeks and months ahead,” he added.

Recalling the devastation of the coastline, which was caused by the severe storms during the 2013/2014 winter, Anne Haugh, Director of Services also welcomed the recent escalation of the remediation programme.

“The unprecedented damage that was inflicted on the county and particularly the coastline during the storms of late 2013 and early 2014 presented a very significant challenge for Clare County Council to address in addition to its normal work programmes over the past couple of years. The efforts of all involved are acknowledged in attaining this level of progress to date as the completion of the programme continues to be a key priority for the Council in the year ahead,” she said.

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