OPW outlines plans for Graignamanagh, Inistioge, Thomastown

OPW outlines plans for Graignamanagh, Inistioge, Thomastown

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has reacted to a number of questions from the Kilkenny People newspaper on what stage flood relief plans for Graignamanagh, Inistioge and Thomastown are at and are they being acted upon.

A spokesperson for the OPW said these plans are being examined in the South Eastern Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Study (CFRAM).

That's because they are considered Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs).

The OPW said that Flood maps have been prepared for each area and are available on the project website (http://www.southeastcframstudy.ie/).

A statement from the OPW said that draft preliminary options are being prepared by the consultants.

“It is expected that public consultation days will be held for each area in the next two months,” the press release said.

“A study was undertaken some years ago for both Thomastown and Graignamanagh but no cost beneficial proposals emerged,” it said.

“Kilkenny County Council has since made an application to the OPW for funding under the Minor Works Scheme to procure consultants to examine the viability of individual property protection for both areas and it's understood that tenders are to be received by the Council shortly. Further decisions will be made following receipt of a report and any recommendations contained,” the OPW statement said.