Dar­gle flood de­fence work has re­sumed

Bray People - - NEWS - By PADRAIG BYRNE

WORK on the River Dar­gle Flood De­fence Scheme has of­fi­cially re-com­menced after Tom Fo­ley Man­age­ment Ltd were ap­pointed in the role of Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Ser­vice Provider ear­lier this year, and it is ex­pected to be fully com­pleted within the next two years.

The scheme is one of the key cap­i­tal in­vest­ment projects by Wick­low County Coun­cil and the Of­fice of Pub­lic Works (OPW) with an in­vest­ment of €40mil­lion in the vi­tal scheme.

Works on the site have been on­go­ing since 2012, dur­ing which time SIAC con­struc­tion was the main con­trac­tor. How­ever, after two years on site, SIAC went into ex­am­in­er­ship and the con­tract was ter­mi­nated by agree­ment. This ef­fec­tively meant that work on the site ground to a halt in Novem­ber of last year.

Fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of a new con­trac­tor, work on the scheme will of­fi­cially recom­mence, some­thing which was wel­comed by lo­cals and Min­is­ter of State for the OPW Si­mon Har­ris, who said: ‘I am de­lighted that this very im­por­tant scheme has recom­menced. This is a vi­tal project for Bray and it’s lo­cal res­i­dents. I wel­come Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that the com­mu­nity are kept well in­formed of the schemes progress, it’s changes and im­prove­ments as they oc­cur. My of­fice, the Of­fice of Pub­lic Works, con­tin­ues to work closely with Wick­low County Coun­cil on all as­pects of this project and I will en­deav­our to en­sure that this project is com­pleted in full and on time’. On­go­ing works that will con­tinue into 2015 in­clude flood de­fence works at Seapoint Court and Ravenswell, La Vallee land­scap­ing and flood de­fence works at Coburg.

Si­mon Har­ris TD

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