There may be light at the end of the flood­ing

Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

AN END to flood­ing around the har­bour may fi­nally be in sight end­ing al­most two years of frus­tra­tion for res­i­dents.

At last week’s meet­ing of Grey­stones Town Coun­cil town en­gi­neer Eoin Hes­lin said that en­force­ment pro­ceed­ings had been taken against the owner of the Har­bour View De­vel­op­ment. Ad­just­ments had also been made to the pump­ing sta­tion on Vic­to­ria Road to help re­duce the flood­ing.

He said that since then ‘ the court agreed to make or­ders on each of the own­ers/de­vel­op­ers to re­move the ob­struc­tion in the sew­er­age pipe’.

‘ The own­ers/de­vel­op­ers have sub­mit­ted a sched­ule of works plan, have agreed, in writ­ing, to un­der­take the nec­es­sary works and have sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to open up the sewer.’

Cllr. Derek Mitchell said ‘I’m glad to see we may have some progress here and the de­vel­oper has agreed to some work but the proof will be when they start dig­ging. It is im­por­tant to get this drain un­blocked.’

Cllr. Tom For­tune won­dered how long the coun­cil were al­low­ing the de­vel­oper to com­plete the agreed works.

Town clerk Myra Porter said the de­vel­oper had to ap­prove a con­trac­tor. Cllr. Ciaran Hay­den said he felt it would be rea­son­able to get a time frame from the de­velop- ers. Mr. Hes­lin said the coun­cil would bring the de­vel­oper back to court for con­tempt of court if the works were not car­ried out. He said that by set­tling the case at this stage the tax payer had saved €100,000. ‘We were given a time frame in court but the judge wasn’t will­ing to ac­cept it. He wanted it done that day but it will take be­tween six to eight weeks so May is a rea­son­able time frame.’

In re­sponse to a ques­tion from Cllr. James O’Sullivan Mr. Hes­lin said there would be no dis­rup­tion to the pub­lic as the works would be car­ried out on the grounds of the de­vel­op­ment al­though he said the res­i­dents’ car park would be dis­rupted.

En­force­ment pro­ceed­ings have been taken against the owner of the Har­bour View De­vel­op­ment due to the on­go­ing flood­ing prob­lem on Vic­to­ria Road.

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