Friday 21 October 2016

New wall to stop floods serves only to blocks our sea views, say locals

Workers pictured working at the St. Ann's Park end of The Clontarf road.
Workers pictured working at the St. Ann's Park end of The Clontarf road.
Workers constructing the wall at the St Anne's Park end of the Clontarf Road
Sandbag Flood defences at Clontarf yesterday.

A new sea wall being built on a popular and busy coastal road is causing serious concern to residents, visitors, and local business people.

The wall is being constructed on Clontarf Road opposite Saint Anne's Park.

However, locals, passing commuters, and visitors claim it is preventing them enjoying the views of the water's edge and wildlife.

Local people insist the high sea wall at that location is not needed to prevent flooding. The only flooding of Clontarf Road in that location is caused by surface water flowing towards the sea and not in the opposite direction, they claimed.

Workmen have been busy constructing the large wall which is taller than an older structure by up to 70cm. The height of the new section in this area will be 85cm above the level of the footpath between Mount Prospect Avenue and the carpark at Saint Anne's Park.

A council statement, referring to plans for the Dollymount Promenade and Flood Protection Project, stretching northwards from the Wooden Bridge to St Anne's Park, said: "The scope of the works include the construction of two new sections of retaining wall and improvements to the existing sea defence wall.

"These works include height adjustments to the existing sea wall to ensure a statutory minimum level of flood defence is provided, the 200-year (maximum) tide level plus an allowance for global warming sea level rise to the end of the century."

Among the people to express disquiet about the height of the new wall opposite Saint Anne's Park was Vera Mahood (54), who works in a ladies fashion shop nearby.

"The fabulous scenery we enjoy here in this shop is going to be blocked off by that wall," said Ms Mahood.


"I don't want to end up looking at a wall instead of seeing the boats sailing by and kite surfers and birds. This wall will be disastrous.

"It's not needed. Flooding from the sea does not happen here. I'll be very dis- appointed by all this," she said.

Local restaurant manager Gillian Poon said she approved of any works which prevents flooding but wanted the existing views of the sea to be retained.

Other business people in Clontarf expressed deep unhappiness at the height of the new wall that has been built so far, claiming a wide variety of users of Clontarf Road are losing out on splendid local views.

The city council's statement on the project would seem to downplay the loss of local enjoyment of the views in the immediate vicinity.

"The existing road pavement levels will also be altered upwards by approximately two to four centimetres which will, to some degree, mitigate against the increase in the seawall height," it stated.

"As can be seen from the heights of the wall above the proposed footpath level, the height of the completed wall alongside Saint Anne's Park will appear higher than the completed sea wall south of Mount Prospect Avenue due to lower road levels alongside Saint Anne's Park."

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