The Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Bray John Brady has welcomed the good progress that has been made in ensuring that the work on the River Dargle flood protection scheme recommences as quickly as possible and the People’s park is reinstated. This follows the cessation of the works in November 2013 after the contractors SIAC pulled of site after entering examinership.
Sinn Féin councillor and Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Bray John Brady said “Some very positive work has been taking place to ensure work recommences on the River Dargle flood protection scheme and also to ensure that the people’s park which unfortunately has effectively been a building site for the last few years is reinstated and given back to the public. Some work has already started and over the next short while we will see a lot more construction work in the area”.
“Some work has already commenced at La Vallee and site preparation and mobilisation has started in advance of emergency works comprising of sheetpile flood defence walls. The site preparation required the removal of mature trees and vegetation along the riverbank. Contract documents have also been tendered for a Construction Manager Service Provider (CMSP) for the flood protection scheme. Their role will be to project manage the construction works and manage the different designers and contractors working on the scheme. The council is in the process of appointing the successful company”.
Brady continued “The Office of Public Works has agreed that the outstanding works will be broken into smaller packages and tendered separately. Contract documents, for the pre-qualification of Contractors to undertake specific works relating to the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme have been tendered and a total of 14 Framework panels are to be set up ranging from Sheetpiling to earthworks. A number of tenders are still out and more are due to be placed on eTenders for the design of different sections of the project”.
Brady went onto say “It’s also positive that work will start soon on reinstating the People’s Park to ensure it’s returned as a public amenity. When I became Cathaoirleach I made the recommencement of the Flood Protection works and the reinstatement of the people’s park priorities. I have a commitment now that work on restoring the park will start over the summer. A Contractor has been appointed to undertake works to improve surface water drainage in the Lower Dargle Road area. Works on that project commenced this week and it is anticipated that they will be completed in early July. Following those works the area between the 2 compounds in People’s Park will be landscaped and a new footpath will be installed along the wall in the park. I have also asked that the 2 compounds which are required to complete the flood scheme and the area surrounding them are cleaned up”.
The Cathaoirleach concluded “The recommencement of the flood works are critical for the Little Bray area and have to be welcomed. I commend the work that has been carried out by all involved to get it to this stage, I intend on continuing to work with all involved to ensure things progress as speedily as possible and also to ensure that the public are kept fully informed of progress at every stage of the process. I believe this process will also give contractors that may have lost out in the examinership process that SIAC underwent an opportunity to work on the project again and try make up some of their losses”.