Drogheda Independent

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Port development to take ships twice current size


THE period of time for viewing the Bremore Port plan is likely to be extended again after the plan was unavailable for viewing this week.

Proposals for the alterations of the harbour Limits of Drogheda Port Company, regarding new additions to the proposed new DeepWater Port at Bremore in Fingal, were on view at the Superintendents Office at Drogheda Garda Station until Wednesday September 9th next.

However, it appears that the plan has now been 'sent back to get the period of time extended' following representations from the Drogheda Independent.

The alterations include that, `the purpose of this application is for the good management and control of the port`. The application continues; `the new port at Bremore will handle vessels considerably larger than the current Drogheda port estuarial terminals of Tom Roe's Point and Drogheda Town Quays; these vessels being typically of a maximum length of 120 metres.

'The port limits of Bremore must be such as to reflect and accommodate the largest vessels currently in service. Prudent planning should also take account of vessels of up to 250 metres,' the report states.

Also included in the application is a detailed map depicting an area from north east of Ben Head, east of the lands of Gormanston Army Camp and extending at some distance seaward.

An Taisce believes that the proposed alteration of the Drogheda Port Company's area of control is to facilitate the construction of a new deep water port at Bremore/ Gormanston. This port is to cater for vessels up to 250 metres.

An Taisce is opposed to the proposed development on a number of grounds, especially in relation to the environmental impact as well as the threat to the archeological/ historical profile of the BremoreGormanston area.

On Sunday last Dr. Mark Clinton and Heritage Officer, Ian Lumley, both of Àn Taisce, paid a visit to the area of Gormanston and Bremore after consulting the application file at the Garda Barracks in Drogheda earlier in the week.

Dr Clinton feels 'it is far more appropriate that the World Heritage Site of Bru na Boinne would be extended to include the BremoreGormanston passage complexes – rather than their obliteration as a result of an 'extension' by 'development' of Drogheda Port'.