Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (120)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

120. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the list of applications and amounts involved that his Department has received from Kerry County Council under the current minor flood prevention works programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15669/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Details of applications received from Kerry County Council under the Office of Public Works Minor Flood Works and Coastal Protection Scheme in the period 2009-2013 are shown in the following tables.

Minor Works Scheme applications submitted by Kerry County Council 2009-2013

Approved Works

Project Location

Project Details

Funding Approved €

Date

Approved

Ballyard

Works – Remove silt and accumulated stone from river & install additional drainage culvert.

13,500

20/10/09

Caherleheen

Works – Widen culvert to Caherheen Bridge & incorporate river flow improvements.

27,000

20/10/09

Cappaclough,

Camp

To clean silt and sand from drainage channels and river

5,400

02/08/11

Cromane

(Coastal)

Embankment strengthening works

100,000

23/02/12

Cullavaw River, Rathmore

The removal of bushes, shrubbery & overhanging branches along the channel for 5.5 kms

Some removal of deposition from the channels

40,000

14/10/13

Emlaghslat,

Ventry

To clean silt and sand from rivers & estuary of rivers

4,500

02/08/11

Emlagh West

To clear channel to increase hydraulic capacity

6,300

02/08/11

Fenit Road

(Coastal)

Fenit Road Coastal Protection Scheme – Rock revetment & buttressing embankments

765,000

30/09/09

Feoghanagh

Clean silt and sand from rivers and estuaries

5,400

20/10/09

Gallarus,

Ballydavid

To clean silt and sand from rivers & estuary of rivers

6,300

02/08/11

Glenflesk

Study of recurring flooding in Glenflesk Village and N22

13,500

20/10/09

Goulane-Maherees

Clean silt and sand from rivers and estuaries

9,000

20/10/09

Incherea

(coastal)

The strengthening and raising of an existing embankment

80,000

23/02/12

Kenmare Town

Flood Ass & hydrometric study of the River Finnihy

Removal of beam / drain under Finnihy Bridge / Installation of gauges / Establish monitoring programme

(not proceeding with the removal of beam/drain)

112,500

20/10/09

23/02/12

Lough Guitane, Killarney

To construct a RC flood defence wall

13,950

30/11/12

Milltown Village

Study

2,700

01/06/10

Sneem

Flood Ass & hydrometric study of Sneem/Ardshellhane River

18,000

20/10/09

Note 1: the amounts approved in the above table were not the amounts requested by the Council in all cases.

Non-Approved Works

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Non-Approved Works

Project Location

Project Details

Funding Requested

Application Year

Cromane

Embankment works (additional funding request)

90,000

2012

Sneem

Flood Study

20,000

2011

Fossa, Killarney

Works

150,000

2009,2010,2011

Tralee

Town Flood Relief Scheme Review

30,000

2011

Killarney

Flood Study

80,000

2011

Milltown Village, Ashullish Stream

Works

10,000

2011

Abbeydorney Village

Flood Study

18,000

2011

Ardfert*

Works

287,760

2010,2011

Akeragh Lough

Flood Study

50,000

2010, 2011

Gortnacooka Bridge, Ballylongford

Works

75,000

2011

Flesk & Deenagh Rivers

Flood Study

80,000

2010

N70 Caherleaheen

Road related and bridge Works

234,890

2010

Caher, Castlegregory

Road related Works

15,000

2009

Cappalough

Road related Works

6,000

2009

Emlaghslat

Road related Works

5,000

2009

Gallurus

Road related Works

7,000

2009

Akeragh Lough

Study & Works

130,000

2009

* Application under consideration

Note 1: The table above for Non-Approved Projects includes applications that were submitted and re-submitted by the Council in different years for the same works or slight variations on the works eg Fossa, Ardfert.

Note 2: In May 2012 the criteria for Coastal applications under the Minor Works Scheme were revised and local authorities were asked to resubmit applications for any Coastal works for assessment under the new criteria. There were a number of coastal applications that Kerry County Council had submitted prior to this change but which the Council did not resubmit following the change. The earlier applications are deemed to have lapsed and are not shown in the above table.

The above tables do not include any applications that Kerry County Council submitted to the OPW to date in 2014 in relation to the damage to coastal defence infrastructure caused by the severe weather in the December 2013 – February 2014 period.

The Government decided on 11 February 2014 to make available up to €69.5 million for a programme of repair and remediation works to roads, coastal protection and flood defence and other public infrastructure damaged in the storms from 13 December 2013 to 6th January 2014 based on estimates provided by the local authorities concerned. Of the total amount being made available, up to €19.6 million is available via the Office of Public Works for the repair of damaged coastal protection and flood defence infrastructure. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has written to Kerry County Council indicating, based on the estimate submitted by the Council to that Department, that up to €1,226,920 is being made available to the Council via the OPW to undertake the necessary repair works to damaged coastal protection and flood defence infrastructure.

The Council must submit overall programmes of works to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government detailing how it proposes to spend the total allocation that is being made available. The Council must also submit the relevant elements of its programme to each Department from whom funding will be made available for consideration of technical aspects of the proposed works. When the Council's programme of coastal protection and flood defence projects is received by the OPW it will be reviewed having regard to related guidance issued by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to the local authorities. The OPW has written to the local authorities indicating that in order to assist them in a practical way and to avoid any potential cash-flow issues, it will consider requests for advance funding of up to 80% of the estimated cost of approved projects where a contract for works has been made.