Press Statement: 11th March 2014-Councillor Catherine Connolly
Welcomes decision on Flood Risk Preventative measures at Toft Park in Salthill
Councillor Connolly said she very much welcomes the Director of Services confirmation at Monday night’s Council meeting that a sustainable solution has been found in relation to the flooding which recently occurred in lower Salthill through Toft Park.
While some homes and businesses in the area were badly affected as a result of the initial storms and flooding which occurred in January she said timely precautionary measures taken by the City Council during the subsequent period of flooding in early February prevented a re-occurrence of the flooding.
Following urgent representations from residents in the area however in relation to finding the best permanent solution to the problem, Cllr Connolly said she raised this matter with the Director of Services and also at all recent Council Meetings as well as arranging a meeting with the relevant Council Management in this regard.
It has now been confirmed she said that the five openings on the prom side of Toft Park together with the bigger opening between a private residence and the Cultural Institute side on the other side of the park will be sealed off by a modern barrier system. The modern barriers however will only be inserted as appropriate at critical times allowing for ongoing pedestrian access to the park. This system has already been tried and tested she said in other parts of the country and has worked very well. With regard to funding for this project, it was also confirmed at Monday’s City Council meeting that an application will be made to the Office of Public Works and that Council Staff are currently working on this application. Cllr Connolly said she will be carefully monitoring the situation at Council level to ensure that the system is installed as soon as possible.