Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief launched the Public Exhibition for the River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Drainage Scheme, at Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
The town of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, located on the banks of the River Slaney, has a history of flooding with a series of flood events over the last numbers of years, most significantly in 1924, 1947, 1965, 2000 and most recently 2015.
The Minister said, “The residents of Enniscorthy have seen, first hand, the devastation and loss that flooding can cause to people and their property. I am delighted to be here today to launch the proposed design for the Enniscorthy Scheme which will involve significant investment in the town at an estimated cost of €44 million (ex. Vat) and which will provide flood protection to 60 residential and 162 commercial properties”.
The proposed design for the Enniscorthy Scheme will be on public exhibition at Enniscorthy Library and Wexford County Council Offices from 17th May until 18 June The proposed design includes river channel widening, river deepening, bridge construction and removal, new traffic management systems and the construction of extensive glass panelled flood walls through the town.
The Minister went on to say, “This formal statutory consultation process which is commencing today is very important and all observations from the public and interested stakeholders will be considered and responded to. Subject to confirmation of formal approval by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, it is envisaged that construction will start in early-2020”.
Members of the Public are invited to attend a
displaying the proposed scheme at:
Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford from 2:00 pm on Friday 17 May until Tuesday 18 June (during normal opening hours) and at four events where the project team will be available to answer questions in Enniscorthy Library on the following dates:
- Monday 20 May 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm
- Tuesday 28 May 10.30 am to 7.30 pm
- Wednesday 5 June 10.30 am to 7.30 pm
- Thursday 13 June 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm
A copy of the scheme will also be available for inspection in the offices of Wexford County Council, County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford from 2:00 pm on Friday 17 May until 18 June (during normal opening hours).
Scheme details are also available on the project website www.enniscorthyfds.ie