Thursday 22 March 2018

Works come to an end on Courtown piers

Repair works are now complete on the north and south piers in Courtown
Repair works are now complete on the north and south piers in Courtown

Sara Gahan

After three long years the Courtown pier repair works have finally come to an end.

Cllr Robbie Ireton welcomed the news and said 'the other contractor for the draining and dredging of the harbour has come back'.

'Both north and south piers are now opened to the public,' said Cllr Ireton. 'All the heavy machinery has been moved out but some minor works still have to be done.'

Improvement works still need to be looked at in terms of the danger to fishermen entering the harbour as the extension to the pier and narrowing of the entrance has increased the swell.

The fishermen of Courtown will have a meeting today (Tuesday) with Wexford County Council, but for the meantime, they are still in Arklow as they have been told, due to health and safety issues, it is not safe for them to return back to the harbour.

District Engineer Neville Shaw said 'the contractor for the piers is finished what he has been contracted to do'.

'Work on the repair of the macadam on the north side will be carried out by the Council later this year when the weather improves,' said Mr Shaw.

He said there will also be a clean up and refurbishment of the 'Boat Recreation Area' by the local community council group.

Cllr Ireton said a lot of work had to be done to the piers and the contractor did a good job. 'I do not want to see anymore work being done to the piers for the next 200 years,' he added.

Meanwhile, the draining and dredging of the harbour was put on hold after heavy rain washed away the dams before Christmas, which were put in place at Ounavarra river, Aughboy river and the entrance to the harbour.

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