Re­port on the closed walk at Glen Strand

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

FUND­ING has been se­cured for a de­sign re­port for coastal pro­tec­tion at the Glen Beach as part of an ef­fort to re­open the Cliff Walk.

RPS Con­sul­tants will carry out the re­port which will sur­vey sea and bed lev­els and will also in­clude topo­graph­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies.

Dis­trict En­gi­neer Paul Byrne said the re­port should be com­plete by the end of the year.

‘It will also al­low us to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the golf club and hope­fully they will agree to coastal works to get the walk back open.’

The to­tal amount for the re­quired works would be in the re­gion of €400,000 to €500,000.

Mr Byrne said; ‘that’s just a pre­lim­i­nary amount. Hope­fully it will lead to the cliff walk be­ing re­opened in time for next sum­mer, but that’s of course sub­ject to the avail­abil­ity of fund­ing.’

Cllr Gail Dunne wel­comed any en­gage­ment with Wick­low Golf Club. ‘I know there is a bit of un­ease up there about what might hap­pen. This might al­le­vi­ate their fears.’

Cllr John Snell said; ‘it’s a step in the right di­rec­tion. The con­sen­sus seems to be that we have to first get a de­sign be­fore test­ing the wa­ter with fund­ing. I think it might be a bit am­bi­tious, know­ing the way the De­part­ment works, to ex­pect fund­ing for next sum­mer.’

Cathaoir­leach Cllr Shay Cullen de­scribed the cliff walk as ‘one of the most amaz­ing at­trac­tions’ in the whole county. ‘Hope­fully we will get this re­port be­fore the end of the year.’

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