Report on the closed walk at Glen Strand
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.’