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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Council offers to lower controversial flood wall

A section of the flood protection wall on the Clontarf Road (INM)
A section of the flood protection wall on the Clontarf Road (INM)

Dublin City Council (DCC) has offered to reduce the height of the controversial Clontarf Sea Wall by 300mm, but negotiations continue with locals.

The wall, which is at its highest along a 450m stretch, is part of cycleway works in the area and an external expert was drafted in following an outcry over the height of the wall.

Residents and local groups met with Dr Jimmy Murphy of UCC in February to discuss his draft report, in which he suggests that the wall could be lowered in places in consultation with residents.

DCC will now lower the wall by 300mm along a 20m stretch to show residents how much of the visual amenity would be restored if this option was agreed as a compromise.

However, it is still below the 450mm requested by locals at the outset and negotiations are considered to be ongoing.

It is understood that residents are also keen to explore the idea of demountable barriers along the flood defence, which they feel would be a suitable solution to their concerns about the wall height.

Protests were held at the construction site and at city hall by locals.

Work was stalled on the project in December, but has since recommenced on the non-contentious section of the works.

Previously, the Herald revealed that the council received a deluge of written complaints about the wall, with some locals comparing it to the Berlin Wall.

The problematic stretch is opposite St Anne's Park.

Residents were also concerned about the concrete finish of the wall and the council has offered five finishes for their consideration.

Progress

"There has been positive progress made by the community forum as regards reducing the height of the sea wall. However, negotiations are still in hand," local councillor Damian O'Farrell said. "The consideration of de-mountable barriers, which are regarded as an option in the independent report, may help to bridge the height difference gap between the two sides.

"Clontarf ward councillors are in the process of arranging a meeting with the assistant city manager in order to speed up matters and see if a final agreement is possible," he added.

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