Fingal County Council, OPW & NPWS agree approach to Portrane Coastal Erosion

June 7, 2018 0

Fingal County Council is leading the State’s response to the coastal erosion risks within its functional area. On June 1, 2018, Fingal County Council met with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Office of Public Works (OPW) with a view to providing an update on the current situation at Portrane and the management measures being proposed.

coastal_erosionOn behalf of the Council, RPS Consulting Engineers presented their new comprehensive analysis of the nature and extent of coastal erosion on the sand dune systems at the Burrow, Portrane at the meeting. The presentation highlighted the increased frequency and magnitude of more recent storm events and the consequent increased risk to the area from coastal erosion and flooding.

Fingal County Council, with the assistance of the OPW and NPWS, are now examining the optimum way forward in relation to this serious problem. Due to the complexity of the issues and the immediate Health and Safety risks involved, priority will be given to the implementation of Interim Emergency Measures to address these risks in the short term. RPS has been tasked by Fingal County Council to revert with details of suitable interim risk management measures and proposals for their implementation within the next month. In addition, a potential permanent coastal protection option has been identified and this option will continue to be assessed in the coming months.

Fingal County Council, with the assistance of the OPW and the NPWS, are committed to developing a longterm and sustainable solution to the issue of coastal erosion at Portrane and the local community will be kept updated on progress in this regard.