Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Mayo TD Dara Calleary is satisfied with the progress being made with the Ballina Flood Relief Scheme as he revealed that works could begin in October or November.

“A Nature-based Catchment Management Study has been undertaken with an initial draft of the study and a workshop held with the project Steering Group on 7th October. Once the comments received are incorporated into an updated draft of the study, feedback will also be sought from external stakeholders including EPA, LAWPRO, the Local Authority, NPWS and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.” Calleary said in a Facebook post.

Calleary gives an outline on what steps are next.

“The next steps will include data collection and in that regards the project team have issued a call for photographs, videos, sketches or any other relevant information regarding previous flood events. These can be sent via email to [email protected] or by post to Ballina Flood Relief Scheme Project Manager – RPS Consulting Engineers, Lyrr 2, IDA Business and Technology Park, Mervue, Galway, H91 H9CK.”

Calleary says that works could be started later this month or in November, and he satisfied that some progress is being made, as there needs to be solution to the issue.

“I am also informed that a contractor has been appointed to undertake Ground Investigation Works. A road opening license is presently being obtained with a view to these works taking place in late October and November. As well as this further ecological survey works will be conducted during the remainder of 2021.”

I am satisfied that some progress is being made and will continue to work with the stakeholders to ensure that momentum is maintained. We need a solution to the issues that have caused such devastation to homeowners in the Bachelors Walk, Arbuckle Row, Clare Street and Howley Terrace areas of Ballina – and working with Cathaoirleach Annie May Reape and the Ballina Area Councillors, I will continue to assist in any way that helps to move the process along.”

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