July 25, 2021

Anger over works delay as Old Bray landfill is ‘washed into the sea’

The Old Bray landfill at the North Beach is being washed into the sea as slow progress is being made to address the problem, a local TD has claimed.

Work on a coastal defence and environmental protection around the site was due to begin before Christmas.

However, Wicklow Deputy John Brady said the process “has taken longer than expected to go to procurement”, which has delayed the project.

It is hoped the project will finally get underway in the New Year.

Deputy Brady said: “In June it was hoped that the approved scheme to address the erosion of the old landfill at Bray’s North Beach would commence in 2019. Unfortunately, that is now not going to be the case as there have been a number of delays in advancing the project.

“After receiving a comprehensive briefing from the project engineer, it is now hoped to go to procurement early in the new year. Whilst these delays are disappointing, it’s important that advancing the project is still seen as a priority.”

The Sinn Féin TD added: “The pace in which this project has advanced is really frustrating. I first started working on this project 14 years ago. The old dump, which is located on the border between Wicklow and Dublin, was used by the local authorities in Bray right up until the 1960s. It’s estimated that it contains more than 104,000 cubic metres of waste including, asbestos, excessive levels of ammoniacal nitrogen, potassium and manganese. Due to coastal erosion the old landfill has been getting washed into the Irish Sea, causing an environmental disaster.”

Deputy Brady said the design for the project is currently being finalised, but a a comprehensive traffic management plan is also required which is estimated will cost up to €2m.

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