Ur­gent works re­quired to save the Mur­rough

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

A NO­TICE of mo­tion from Cllr Gail Dunne has called for ur­gent ac­tion in tack­ling the level of ero­sion tak­ing place at the Mur­rough in Wick­low town.

Cllr Dunne re­quested that Wick­low County Coun­cil pro­vide the mem­bers with a de­tailed re­port on the coastal ero­sion that has take place over the last num­bers of months at the Mur­rough. He also asked that mem­bers be pro­vided with de­tails of the pro­posed plan of ac­tion and time­frame to fur­ther re­me­di­ate and main­tain the coast­line in the area.

Ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, Cllr Dunne said: ‘With the re­cent storms, the Mur­rough has just gone from worst to worst. Peo­ple are talk­ing about 10 to 12 foot go­ing miss­ing in the last storm. It has been con­tin­u­ously put on the long fin­ger and the longer it goes on the worse the ero­sion gets. It’s a very spe­cial part of Wick­low town and the county. Peo­ple use it for recre­ational pur­poses and walk­ing, lots of clubs use it for train­ing. There’s lots of an­glers down there. We have car­ried out some works be­fore but that’s just shov­ing the prob­lem fur­ther up the Mur­rough.’

Wick­low County Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Frank Cur­ran in­formed the meet­ing that the lo­cal au­thor­ity and Ir­ish Rail would be en­gag­ing with one another over a study of the Mur­rough, with the OPW mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion. A con­sul­tant will be ap­pointed to carry out the study.

Cllr Derek Mitchell wel­comed the study and re­quested that it go form the Mur­rough as far up as Bray Head. He said: ‘It cer­tainly needs to go up that far. There has been sig­nif­i­cant ero­sion all along that coast­line.’

Cllr Mary Ka­vanagh sup­ported Cllr Dunne’s mo­tion and was alarmed at the re­cent storm dam­aged caused to the pop­u­lar coastal walk. ‘You can see all the dam­age Storm Emma caused. It has taken huge chunks just washed away to sea. Around 2 me­tres was lost. One area is so bad it is ex­actly in the same po­si­tion it was two or so years ago when Ir­ish Rail had to go in to save the rail line. Wick­low County Coun­cil have to go in very quickly to do some re­me­dial works, other­wise it’s a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen.’

Cllr John Snell said it was ‘lu­di­crous’ to think that Wick­low County Coun­cil had the fi­nances for such works and lam­basted a se­ries of TDs, Min­is­ters and MEPs for vis­it­ing the site for ‘photo op­por­tu­ni­ties’ but never fol­low­ing up with any re­quests for fund­ing for pro­tec­tion works, es­pe­cially EU fi­nan­cial sup­port.

‘The Mur­rough has al­ways been the crown in the jewel of east Wick­low, yet I am flab­ber­gasted peo­ple are go­ing on about Wick­low County Coun­cil putting a stick­ing plas­ter over the prob­lem. That won’t help. Lots of money has been put into pro­tect­ing the Mur­rough over the past 18 months and it has saved a sec­tion, but it hasn’t saved it all. The re­al­ity is we have had Min­is­ters and sit­ting TDs vis­it­ing the Mur­rough for photo op­por­tu­ni­ties and then just for­get­ting about it. We have had an MEP vis­it­ing here promis­ing EU money but have heard noth­ing back since. To call on Wick­low County Coun­cil to carry out the work is lu­di­crous. It will take a lot more than sound-bites and photo opps to pro­tect the Mur­rough.’

Cllr Snell pro­posed that the Coun­cil write to Min­is­ter Kevin ‘Boxer’ Mo­ran and ask for an up­date on what the plan is re­gard­ing pro­tec­tion for the Mur­rough, as well as ask­ing if any ap­proach over EU fund­ing has taken place yet.

The crum­bling Mur­rough re­cently.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.