City flood defence plans open viewing

City flood defence plans open viewing
An artist impression of how Morrison's Island will look following the OPW works

PLANS for the Morrison's Island flood defence and public realm upgrade are set to go on display in just two weeks.

Cork City Council is conducting this element of the scheme separate the overall OPW-led flood defence project. The local authority expects to submit the plans for Part 8 approval the week of February 12.

It is expected that work on the €6 million scheme could begin as early as this summer if plans are approved. The aim is to ensure that full scale of works is completed ahead of winter 2019, offsetting any potential future flood risk in the quay area of the city.

Current proposals include a three-metre wide public walkway along the length of Morrison's Island, including new seating and public lighting, as well as upgrades to Trinity bridge outside the College of Commerce.

David Joyce, head of services at Cork City Council's environment directorate, explained that the project is concerned both with upgrading the public realm and providing protection from future flooding.

"These two south facing quays have massive potential to provide a very pleasant public amenity for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens and communities of the city as well as visitors and shoppers who come to Cork," he said.

"We look forward to this area reaching its full potential and reconnecting with the river. This project is a key element of re-orientating the city towards the river and maximising the benefits that this brings."

The provision of flood defences in the area will address 70% of the tidal flooding that has caused havoc for traders and residents in the area in recent years.

Mr Joyce encouraged all interested parties to take advantage of the part 8 process and engage with Cork City Council, as well as making submissions and observations on the proposals.

"We look forward to fully engaging with the communities and businesses in this area as well as other key stakeholders across the City. The upcoming Part 8 process will provide the framework for this engagement. We would encourage all stakeholders to participate in this process so as to ensure that their unique experiences and perspectives inform the process."

It is understood that a large-scale model of the proposals will also be on display at City Hall for the duration of the part 8 process to give a better indication of how the plans will impact the city.

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