Members of the public will be able to have their say on plans for a flood relief scheme for the rest of King’s Island with two information sessions to be held on Wednesday 20th December.

Limerick City and County Council has appointed the Arup JBA team to assess, develop and design a sustainable flood alleviation scheme for King’s Island. The scheme aims to minimise risk of flooding to the existing community, social amenity, environment and landscape following on from the Verdant Place works, which were completed in September.

A public information day is taking place on Wednesday 20 December 2017 from 11am until 3pm at Council Headquarters, Merchant’s Quay, and from 5pm – 8pm at King’s Island Community Centre.

Kieran O’Gorman, Project Manager with Limerick City and County Council said: “The local authority has been working with the Arup JBA team and a range of stakeholders and we’re now pleased to announce a Public Information Day for the emerging preferred scheme option.”

“We are urging residents, businesses and interested parties to attend the public information sessions and submit their views and opinions on the scheme.”

“This is an important point in the project as it marks the last opportunity for providing feedback before the project team starts finalising the preferred option for submission to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission next year.”

JBA’s Project Manager, Declan White continued: “The scheme will be a combination of flood walls and embankments which have been designed to stretch from the north end of Verdant Place, tying into with the completed works, around St. Mary’s Park, along Sir Harry’s Mall and George’s Quay.”

“We recognise the importance of the public space and architecturally significant buildings around Merchant’s Quay so glass walls will continue the defence in this area and will tie-in with the wall of King John’s Castle”.

The emerging preferred option has been developed following extensive hydraulic, ecological and geotechnical analysis. Following completion of the scheme, the whole Island will be benefit from a 1 in 200 year standard of protection; a height in excess of the 2014 flood.

In addition, as far as possible, the scheme will be designed to be adaptable to climate change, and in particular the potential impacts of sea level rise.

Declan explained: “The emerging preferred option is a result of balancing a whole series of constraints, including the needs of those who live and work on the Island, the architectural heritage, future use of public spaces and in particular the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation which covers the north-eastern part of the island.”

“This area is considered to be important on a European, as well as Irish level, and is protected under the EU Habitats Directive and includes riparian woodland, wet grassland and tall-herb swamp which provide food, shelter and cover for mammals and birds including protected species such as otter as well as over-wintering opportunities for migrating birds including Whooper Swans.”

Information about the scheme, including a short film showing a 3D fly-over, will be available for review and comment, and members of the team will be present to discuss the proposals and receive feedback.

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