Waterford Fine Gael Senator John Cummins has warmly welcomed the approval of €61,815 by the Office of Public Works for a coastal erosion and flood risk management study at Ardmore bay.
Senator Cummins said “I recently met with a number of members of the community in Ardmore and saw first hand the impact that coastal erosion is having. This is a matter which I have been progressing over several months with my good friend and colleague Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan.
The funding announced by the OPW today will enable a Coastal Flooding and Erosion Risk Management Study to be carried out by Waterford city and county council. This study will determine what mitigation measures should be developed to prevent further erosion and protect vulnerable areas from flooding.
Senator Cummins “I invited Minister O’Donovan down to Ardmore recently to see the issues for himself and I know from speaking with him subsequently that he is absolutely committed to putting measures in place to protect the coastline at Ardmore bay. Obviously, there are various stages to that process so it is imperative that the study is completed without delay so that this critical project can progress to the next phase.
Speaking on a visit to Ardmore earlier this year Minister O’Donovan said “The concern that I have is that the speed at which we are able to respond, given the nature of how the planning system works for us is so slow.