The long awaited €28m Dargle Flood Prevention Project was due to commence two months ago but apart from preliminary pre-contract clearance works, nothing has happened.
The construction works, to be implemented over an 18 month period was to be funded by the Office of Public Works and is designed to enhance the river’s hydraulic properties with a view to minimising the risk of flooding to our neighbours in Little Bray and further upstream on the river side of the Dargle Road.
Back in May this Diary reported on what exactly is being proposed – read about it here: http://diamondvalley.ie/wordpress/construction-work-in-river-dargle/
We can now report that the contractual delays have been resolved but the project is awaiting final ministerial approval at Government level.
Local TD Anne Ferris contacted this blog to let us know about a Dáil question on the matter which she tabled this week, on Tuesday 28th June, for reply by Minister for State Brian Hayes.
The Dáil question and reply are reproduced below:
To ask the Minister for Finance when funding will be authorised in respect of the Dargle flood protection scheme in Bray in view of the fact that all design, technical and tendering processes have been completed and the importance that this project be started this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Anne Ferris TD
The Office of Public Works is currently undertaking a review of its Capital expenditure profile to 2016 in light of the Government’s intention to prepare a new capital investment framework over this period in order to identify projects that will best support economic recovery. A decision on the provision of funding for the Bray flood relief scheme will be made following the completion of this review. – Minister for State at the Department of Finance