Wexford fights to contain the sea!

By Dan Walsh

The challenging fight against coastal erosion continues and Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright presented some updates to members at the monthly meeting in October.

A new emergency beach exit is installed at Ballinamona beach, near Kilmuckridge, and local Cllrs Oliver Walsh, Pip Breen and Mary Farrell have been praising the engineers for their valuable work. Rock armour has been installed to protect against the elements at this picturesque beach located in a secluded setting.

New rock armour to protect coastal erosion at Ballinamona beach.

Tenders for consulting engineers are being assessed this month (October) and an appointment will follow assessment for the Rosslare Coastal Erosion and Flood Relief Scheme.

At St. Helen’s Bay a preliminary coastal erosion risk a management study has been assigned consultant engineers to assess risk to assets including twenty-three properties.

Consulting engineers have been appointed to design a suitable coastal protection scheme and beach access at Seaview, Kilmore.

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the Lady’s Island Water Level Management Structure. A foreshore licence application is lodged and is under consideration by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

At Grange, Fethard-on-Sea tender documents have been finalised on works to protect sections of the public road from coastal erosion.

The Morriscastle Sand Dunes are marked for restoration and the project involves fencing and maram grass planting “to restore and manage the dune system at the main branch entrance.” Works are underway.

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