Clontarf locals reject flood proposal

 

Any of the proposals originally put to Dublin City Council for flood defences in Clontarf, other than the one eventually selected by the council, would be acceptable to the local residential and businesses associations.

The associations have said that they would be in favour of an option that would see the level of the seawall raised along with the promenade footpath. Instead the council has chosen to raise a grass embankment between the road and promenade.

A spokeswoman for the residents association said today that both options provide the same level of flood defence and that both were presented to the council by the Dutch engineering firm who presented four options to the council.

The difference between the two options now being suggested, according to the spokeswoman, was that the residents' association preferred option would maintain views of Dublin Bay and would eliminate the need to create areas along the promenade that would be invisible form the road, creating a security risk to walkers.

After a large protest demonstration last month attended by over 3,000 people, the council has redesigned their preferred proposal, lowering the height of the defences from the maximum of 2.75m permitted by An Bord Pleanála to a maximum of 2.17m.

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