Wednesday 24 July 2019

Works to address old dump at beach to go out to tender

Mary Fogarty

Works to address the old Bray landfill on the north beach will go out to tender in the next four to six weeks.

The coastal defence and environmental protection measures are expected to take about five to six months to complete.

The old dump, which is located on the border between Wicklow and Dublin, was used by the local authorities in Bray up until the 1960s. It's estimated that it contains more than 104,000 cubic metres of waste, including asbestos, excessive levels of ammoniacal nitrogen, potassium and manganese.

The landfill was once the main dump for the town of Bray, but it is located on the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown side of the border and on privately owned land.

The exact period of operation of the landfill is not known. However, it is known that it was closed in 1968.

The shoreline in this area is eroding, resulting in the deposition of landfill material onto the beach below and concerns have been expressed about the situation for some time.

The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) Coastal Defence Strategy Study recommended in 2010 that this material should be removed or prevented from falling into the sea.

The works will include a rock revetment to prevent erosion of the lower half of the cliff and to re-grade the cliff above to a long term stable slope. The cliff material from the re-grading will be placed onto the cliff top behind and covered with top soil. There will also be an access path along the cliff behind the works and access down onto the beach north of the works.

'I'm delighted that after campaigning for the last 14 years to get a resolution to the serious environmental problem at the old landfill at North Beach in Bray, things are now progressing,' said Deputy John Brady.

'In January, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council approved coastal defence and environmental protection works.

'I have been working with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Wicklow County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency on this issue now for a considerable time and I look forward to works commencing later this year, bringing an end to this lengthy environmental disaster,' he said.

Bray People