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Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan says that approval has been given to Kilkenny County Council to progress the Ballyhale Flood Relief Scheme to the next stage – planning.
Deputy Phelan was informed of the investment by Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Patrick O’Donovan. Stage 2 is now under way, Deputy Phelan confirmed, with a planning application expected to be submitted later this year.
“Once completed, the Ballyhale Flood Relief Scheme will protect 24 homes and nine commercial properties. The Government has allocated significant funding for flood relief under the National Development Plan, but it is really important for places like Ballyhale that the response to flooding is robustly designed and incorporates the views of the community it is designed to protect,” Deputy Phelan said.
As part of the Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme completed by the OPW in 2018, Ballyhale was identified as one of 300 areas believed to be at significant flood risk. The South Eastern CFRAM Study recommended a diversion of flow and hard defences as a feasible flood relief option for Ballyhale.
In November 2018, the OPW gave approval for Kilkenny County Council to proceed with the implementation of a flood relief scheme for Ballyhale. The Council subsequently appointed DBFL Engineering and Environmental Consultants on 23 March 2020 to develop and design this scheme.
“Four preliminary options were identified by the consultant engineers and presented to the council and the OPW in the Options Report, with the preferred option advancing to planning. This scheme will provide embankments and conveyance improvements through flow diversion from the Ballyhale watercourse to the Little Arrigle River,” Deputy Phelan concluded.
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