Greater Dublin Drainage project update – 12th Dec

Dec 22 2014 Posted by Office Administraton

The GDD project team are managing the planning stages of the project which involves the preparation of a planning application, including an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála towards the end of 2016. Over the coming months several marine environmental surveys will be undertaken in Baldoyle Bay, between Portmarnock and north of Ireland’s Eye, to determine the condition of the sea bed, what marine life exists and to establish tide and current patterns. These surveys are necessary to inform the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed construction methodology for the outfall, i.e. the pipe that will discharge the treated wastewater to sea.

They will communicate with water based business and leisure organisations in Portmarnock, Baldoyle and Howth through information events, e-zines, the project website, and via local media in the Spring when they have more details. They met many members of the public and public representatives at a series of information pop-up events during the past year and they look forward to meeting others at more such events in the coming year.

Foreshore Licence Public Consultation Now Underway

A Foreshore Licence is required from the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government for the project team to undertake these Marine GI studies. The application (reference FS006292) and associated maps, reports and plans are available to view and make submissions from Thursday 11th December 2014 to Tuesday 20th January 2015 at the following locations:

• Swords Garda Station, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin and

• Department of Environment, Community & Local Government website, []

Marine Ground Investigations (GI) are required in Baldoyle Bay, to confirm what the bedrock is like, i.e. the condition and make-up of the rock underneath the seabed, so that the project team can make informed decisions regarding suitable construction methodologies for the outfall pipe. The investigations should be completed over six months, depending on the weather.