Rock armour will be moved once dredging is done
Wexford County Council has assured beach users that the rock armour covering a large part of Courtown beach is only temporary and will be moved back on completion of dredging works in the harbour.
Preparation works for the dredging finally began yesterday (Monday), and the two rivers entering the harbour are being diverted, while the contractor has prepared an area of the beach just north of Courtown to deposit the dredging material behind the rock armour.
George Colfer, Wexford County Council engineer said it involved 'moving existing armour out on the beach and the dredging material will go behind it.'
'It is only temporary and once all work is completed, it will be put back in place,' he added.
Work has begun on blocking the three entrances to the harbour. The two rivers, the Ounavarra and the Aughboy, are being diverted, while the main entrance to the harbour is being dammed half way up the channel at the steps.
The contractor will then begin reducing the level of water in the harbour by pumping it out to sea, before the dredging begins.
The draining and dredging will be followed by an inspection of the harbour walls, with repairs and re-pointing carried out as required.
The news will come as a relief to harbour users who have long been frustrated at delays in commencing the work.
The Council thanked the local community in facilitating these essential works, which are expected to be complete by the end of December.