Monday, October 10, 2011
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Cllr. Jane Horgan-Jones are seeking clarification on the imminent construction of flood defence barriers in Clontarf, which are a cause of immense concern to local residents.
These new measures were undertaken to combat the horrendous flooding which many households and businesses in and around the Clontarf Road experienced down through the years. However, the height of the new defences has become a point of contention for many people residing in the area.
Deputy Ó Ríordáin states: “A number of residents have expressed their concern about the new flood defence measures to us. I have to say that it was a great surprise to learn that defences consisting of a wall and a raised mound are to be between to 6ft-7ft tall in height and I believe that this decision has to be looked at again.
“We are all in agreement that households and business owners should have protection from the type of flooding which the Clontarf area has experienced in the past, however we cannot undertake new measures if it is going to adversely affect the community.
“It’s really unfortunate that this plan was put in motion pre-2009 when there was no Labour representation in the Clontarf area. I know the councillors for the area at the time were demanding greater flood defence measures but these plans really should have been subject to greater scrutiny before being given the green light.
“I wish to assure residents that myself and local Labour councillor Jane Horgan-Jones will be looking into this matter in order to ensure that residents and business owners are both satisfied with the new measures and protected from any future flooding.”
Contact Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 086-819-0336