Enniscorthy Flood Defence scheme on public display

Enniscorthy Flood Defence scheme is on public display.

Enniscorthy Flood Defence scheme is on public display.

The Enniscorthy Flood Defence scheme has gone on public display in Enniscorthy and public consultation will be considered for the scheme which covers 3.5 km extending from 1.5 km upstream of Enniscorthy Bridge to 2 km downstream.
The work will involve river channel widening and deepening, flood defence walls, a new traffic management plan and junction layouts for the town centre and a new pedestrian bridge leading from Slaney Street to Templeshannon.
The project is expected to cost €45 million and work is expected to begin next year.
Speaking in the Athenaeum Hall at Enniscorthy, this morning, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said he has seen first hand the heartache caused by flooding across the country.
“I have seen too many grown men and women crying as a result of the devastation of flooding,” Mr Moran said.
But he stressed that schemes such as these take time to reach construction.
Mr Moran said it is essential the overall design is right and that’s why a public display is essential.
Minister Paul Kehoe told the event that he has “hounded” both Minister Moran and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe to ensure delivery of the scheme.
“I don’t need to tell anyone here the significance of bringing this plan to fruition given the history of flooding in our town.
Extreme floods have struck nine times over the past 100 years or so – including more recently in December 2015.
We all know the significant property damage and traffic disruption that has been caused, let alone the inconvenience and indeed distress felt by homeowners and business people impacted.
But today is about looking towards the future.”
Also speaking at the event, CEO Tom Enright recognised the commitment from government to provide the necessary funding for the scheme.
He said Minister Paul Kehoe has shown immense support for the council in its desire to deliver flood defence works in Enniscorthy, Wexford and New Ross.
Minister Moran and invited guests were welcomed to Enniscorthy by Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Cllr Keith Doyle, and Liz Hore, District Manager, acted as master of ceremonies.
The public display and information event takes place at the Athenaeum, Castle St., until Sunday, June 17th, and at Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, from June 19th until July 7th.

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