Councillor Higgins welcomes confirmation from Minister Patrick O’ Donovan that flood relief plans are progressing for Salthill

The Minister met with the Councillor and business representatives in Salthill on Tuesday last.

Fine Gael City Councillor Higgins last Tuesday welcomed the Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works, Patrick O’ Donovan TD to Salthill. 

The objective of the visit was for Councillor Higgins to show the Minister the impact of continuous flooding in the area in recent times and to learn of the Department’s progress on flood relief plans for the area.

Fine Gael Councillor, Clodagh Higgins confirmed the Minister met with representatives of local business group, Salthill Village. There are planned works on the Coirib go Cósta/Galway City Flood Relief Scheme which is aimed at protecting over 940 properties in the City, Claddagh and Salthill areas from tidal and river flooding  during winter storms and high tides.

Councillor Higgins said “I invited Minister O’ Donovan to Salthill so he could see first-hand the impact of continuous flooding in the area and to update people on  the planned flood defences for the area. I organised for a delegation from the local business community to meet with the Minister at the midway point of the Wild Atlantic Greenway which is located at one of the car parks on the Prom. This was a choice location given this exact carpark facility was under water many times in the past. It was also helpful in the sense I could point to the many establishments that have regrettably been flooded in the past causing a large degree of distress to the affected parties.”

“I am very grateful to Minister O’ Donovan for assuring all in attendance at the meeting, that funding was in place to carry out the necessary works and that a public consultation process will take place in quarter three or four of next year. Minister O’ Donovan advised that the flood defence project is currently at Stage 1 and that once plans have been devised, and finalised, it will be released publicly and people will be invited to provide feedback on the plan”.

“I urged the Minister to ensure that progress continues apace and for works to conclude as quickly as possible as residents and businesses need to feel secure in their homes and businesses” Councillor Higgins concluded.

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