In 2009 Dungarvan Town Council asked the National Building Agency to draw up a master plan for the Abbeyside waterfront which has fallen into disrepair over the past number of years.
Deputy John Deasy said: “The €183,000 being grant aided should be enough to complete the project as submitted by the Town Council. This summer the beach was busier than it has been for years but the state of the infrastructure is just not good enough. The Town Council did well to identify this grant scheme and apply for the money.”
The Abbeyside Waterfront development – covering an area from the Pond to Lands’ End; a linear shoreline length of 1.3km – will consist of:
- New coast protection rock armoury to eliminate the current erosion of the seafront
- New pedestrian footpaths and new car parking facilities for visitors to the beach
- Complete refurbishment of the disintegrating concrete promenade, including the installation of timber decking, new public lighting, seating, bollards, and landscaping. A new railing will be erected and disabled access to the beach will be provided.
“I am told by Town Council officials that it is ready to go after tendering and specification. The overall spend should be in the region of €0.25 million, with 75 per cent of the money coming from the grant scheme.”