Work commences on Springfield/Clonlara Flood Scheme

Work commences on Springfield/Clonlara Flood Scheme

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Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), has welcomed the start of construction works on the Springfield Flood Relief Scheme in recent days.

Minister Patrick O’Donovan, T.D., made the comments ahead of a planed visit to Clonlara tomorrow.

Having visited the area previously to meet with concerned residents, the Minister said: “I am very much aware of the stress that flooding and the threat of flooding has had on the local community. Thanks to the hard work of the Office of Public Works and our partners Clare County Council and ByrneLooby engineering consultants, this scheme has been progressed to construction stage and will provide protection for 18 properties in the area soon.”

The flood relief scheme involves the construction of a flood protection embankment, land raising, penstock/sluice, pump station and associated works at the townlands of Springfield, Cappavilla North, Cottage and Illaunyregan, Clonlara, Co. Clare.

A Natura Impact Statement together with plans and particulars relating to the application were submitted to An Bord Pleanála in July 2020 and approved in November 2020 under Part 10 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001.

The works are expected to be substantially complete in 2022.

Members of the Hogan family who were evacuated from their home at Springfield in December 2105 – Photo: © Pat Flynn

Carmel Kirby, Director of Services said: ‘The scheme will provide protection for 18 properties in the area, and involves the construction of a flood protection embankment, land raising, penstock / sluice, pump station and associated works at the townlands of Springfield, Cappavilla North, Cottage and Illaunyregan, Clonlara, Co Clare.

A Natura Impact Statement together with plans and particulars relating to the application was submitted to An Bord Pleanala, with planning permission being granted in November 2020 under Part 10 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001. The works will be carried out directly by the Office of Public Works staff and are expected to be substantially complete in 2022.’

The Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr P J Ryan welcomed the announcement of funding for the scheme by the Minister and thanked the OPW for their continued commitment to provision of flood relief schemes and coastal protection infrastructure in County Clare”.

Chief Executive of Clare County Council Mr Pat Dowling said “Clare County Council is delighted for the residents of Springfield who have suffered for so long from flooding to their homes and property and would like to thank them for their continued help and assistance throughout this process.”

 

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