Arklow no to flood funding
THE refusal by the Government to provide money to solve Arklow’s flooding problems has provoked anger amongst members of the local action committee.
Arklow Action Committee members Donal O’Sullivan and Pat Kearon had met last week with Junior Minister Tom Parlon of the Office of Public Works, who informed the deputation that he had no money available to solve Arklow’s flood problems.
A flood study report by PH McCarthy and Partners for the Town Council in June had come up with a number of short term recommendations, costing €138,000 and long term recommendations, costing €3.3 million, to deal with the problem of periodic flooding in Arklow.
‘Now that £107,000 has been spent on that report, we are told sorry all the money has been spent,’ stated Mr Donal O’Sullivan, head of the Ferrybank Flood Action Committee. ‘We have now been told that none of the interim measures recommended in the report such as the installation of a flood warning system, trimming and removal of large debris from the riverbanks, installation of flap valves to the 12 main drainage outfalls of the river, establishment of a sand-bag deport are the responsbility of the OPW, instead they are the direct responsibility of the Town Council.’
‘As we see it both Arklow Town Council, Wicklow County Council and the Government are playing a game of pass the buck,’ Mr O’Sullivan complained. ‘They are well capable of spending £107,000 on a report to tell us what we already know, but when it comes down to actually doing something they are silent.’
‘When they now say they have no money to implement the recommendations of the report, it all the more annoying when you see that the Government blew €440 million on the pipe dream known as the Bertie Bowl and then said they would not go ahead on that either.’
Fine Gael councillor Sylvester Bourke, who led and arranged the deputation to Junior Minister Tom Parlon last week, said that the aim of the visit was to speed up the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report on Arklow flooding.