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Funding for harbour works

Over €200,000 in funding has been allocated toward repair works to Wicklow and Arklow Harbours.

On Tuesday the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., announced details of a €3.1m package to assist ten coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 58 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them.

The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

A total of €215,625 has been reserved for the Wicklow projects. €68,175 of that figure will go toward improvement works at the East Pier in Wicklow town.

The works will include the installation of vertical rubber fenders, installation of LED lighting, the replacement of damaged railings and installation of new railing at certain points and the provision of power and water points.

Improvements will also be carried out on the steps leading to water at top of Packet Pier and lifeboat end.

Three new ladders will be installed, as well as two to three small bollards between existing bollards to increase capacity and reduce crossover.

€52,500 will fund the supply and installation of a new heavy duty 50 tonnes mooring bollard.

In addition three 7.5 to 10 tonne mooring bollards to be installed at locations on the Packet Pier.

€33,750 has been set aside for the upgrading of existing and installation of new ladders with handrails along the North and South Quay.

An allocation of €45,000 will be provided for works at Arklow North and South Piers.

It will fund the installation of new LED sectored light with a range of nine miles on the North Pier and the installation of Solar Marine Grade 15 Watt lights along the North Pier.

There are also plans for the installation on the South Pier of an MSM sectored LED lighting and associated cabling.

€22,500 has been directed toward the erection of safety signage around both harbours and piers.

The Department will go-fund up to 75 per cent of the total cost of the approved projects, with Wicklow County Council providing the balance.

Wicklow People