Monday 22 July 2019

Beach nourishment the best solution for silt at harbour

Silt build-up at Bray Harbour
Silt build-up at Bray Harbour

Mary Fogarty

High levels of silt at the harbour may be used for beach nourishment, District Manager Des O'Brien has said.

The recent meeting of Bray Municipal District heard that the material building up at the harbour is not contaminated. Moving the material out to sea would cost three quarters of a million, and landfill up to €600,000, he said.

Mr O'Brien said that using it for beach nourishment would 'kill two birds with one stone'. He said that the required foreshore licence can take a long time to get.

Cllr Pat Vance said that this could not be allowed to go on for another year, adding that 'it's good news that it's not contaminated.' He said that they should have enough contacts in the department and the OPW to get movement on the licence.

Harbour users have said that siltation is rendering the harbour increasingly unusable. Those users concerned about high levels of siltation will be invited to address the Bray Municipal District members. Cathaoirleach Steven Matthews mentioned the April meeting for such a delegation.

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