Saturday 17 August 2019

Wexford racecourse gets €100,000 to tackle flooding

Pádraig Byrne

Ongoing problems with flooding at Wexford Racecourse are set to become a thing of the past after it was confirmed this week that Wexford County Council is to grant €100,000 to alleviate the issue.

The money is to be allocated through the Office of Public Works (OPW) and it's in addition to grant funding that was assigned to the project last year.

Flooding issues have affected the estates surrounding the Racecourse for a number of years and this €100,000 is to go towards a 'flood alleviation scheme' and to 'enlarge an existing irrigation pond' at the course. The OPW also confirmed that the money will be used to 'construct an embankment to impound the flood water and restrict the discharge to a lower volume in keeping with the estimated capacity of the network.'

The announcement was welcomed by Minister Paul Kehoe who said: 'Flooding has been a concern to residents of nearby estates for a number of years as flood water has the capacity to flow down. We also need to consider that Wexford Racecourse has huge potential in terms of attracting visitors and therefore this is extremely welcome news.'

Minister Kehoe credited Minister of State for the OPW Kevin Boxer Moran for providing great support and he said he's working closely with him on delivering flood relief projects such as Enniscorthy, New Ross and Our Lady's Island.

'This sort of funding is essential to ensuring that our communities and amenities are protected from flooding, which has caused hardship across Wexford in recent years,' he concluded.

Enniscorthy Guardian