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Plans under way to redirect Cliff Walk


A section to the side of the cliff walk that has collapsed

A section to the side of the cliff walk that has collapsed

A section to the side of the cliff walk that has collapsed


The council has started talks with landowners in an effort to re-direct the cliff walk as part of it remains unstable.

Greystones Municipal District manager Michael Nicholson said that, in the first instance, information was released in the past weeks informing people where they still can walk, with a couple of options open to them.

The Greystones side is dangerous, he reiterated.

Walkers coming from Bray can turn back at the steps near Windgates or avail of a more challenging loop walk.

District engineer Ruairí O'Hanlon has been working with four landowners on the creation of an alternative walk.

He surveyed the land, walked the area, and has made contact with the different owners.

'They are all very open to the idea and have no issues with it,' he told last week's Greystones Municipal District meeting. 'Now they're at the stage where they need to know the legal ramifications such as who is responsible, who will maintain it, and what is the situation with insurance for people on their property.'

They are seeking clarification on certain points, and the council has sought clarification from its law agent. They have also engaged with the County Wicklow Partnership trails access officer, who has expertise in the area.

Draft memoranda of understanding have been sent to landowners for their own solicitors to look over.

'We hope to get the walk open for the summer season,' said Mr O'Hanlon.

Cllr Gerry Walsh welcomed the progress report and congratulated Mr O'Hanlon on so much work done in a short time frame.

He said that the current alternative routes start and finish at Bray, cutting off Greystones.

Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District Cllr Derek Mitchell said that he is glad to see progress on the project.

He said that Arup previously prepared a very detailed 140-page report on coastal erosion from Merrion Gates to Arklow, which does have certain recommendations.

They include segregated breakwaters ten or 20 metres from the shore.

'Also a study of water flow on Bray Head,' said Cllr Mitchell. 'There should be some scope for funding from that.'

He said that it is a complex problem with water doming off Bray Head in different levels.

Cllr Walsh said that outdoor funding might address that.

'You are correct,' said district manager Michael Nicholson. 'We are making an application under the outdoor recreation scheme. The job we are looking at will cost money, and we may put in drainage at the same time.'

That funding would be around €500,000, which he believes would cover it.

The closing date for that scheme is the end of May.

Cllr Jodie Neary asked about the planting of trees as a solution to flooding.

Mr O'Hanlon said that the land is privately owned and mostly farm fields. 'It's really a matter for private landowners,' he said. 'Or somebody to make it enticing for them to stop farming and plant trees.'

Cllr Derek Mitchell wondered if fires on Bray Head two years ago may have damaged turf and contributed to flooding.