On a morning visit to his native town, Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, outlined the steady and significant progress being made in implementing the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Scanning the updated developments, together with members of Athlone Municipal District, along the Quays adjacent to Athlone Castle and at Iona Villas, Brick Island and Priory Park, the Minister highlighted the intricate and detailed nature of the works currently being carried out by the Office of Public Works.
“This town has suffered over many years from flooding and this Scheme will bring long awaited relief for the community of Athlone. The Scheme involves a programme of works with eight parcels of flood defences being delivered in a phased manner. Already, works are underway at the Quay and at Brick Island, with works almost at the completion stage in Iona Park.
“Planning has been granted for the works at Marine View and the Strand with initial developments at these two locations to commence in the third Quarter of 2018 and the first Quarter of 2019 respectively. Subject to planning approval, works will also be commenced at Deerpark, Golden Island and at the River Al (Cregan ) at various stages during 2019,” the Minister noted.
Minister Moran acknowledged the strong partnership and cohesive ethic which has allowed the flood alleviation scheme to efficiently evolve.
“I am delighted with the partnership approach we have taken in Athlone where Westmeath County Council has taken on the role of advancing the Scheme through the planning process and the Office of Public Works is providing the funding for the development and implementation of this Scheme with the works being undertaken directly by the OPW’s own workforce”.
“To see the significant progress being made with the Flood Alleviation Scheme here in Athlone is a credit to all those involved with the development process. This is a vital €10 million Government investment for the economic and social wellbeing of Athlone which will provide much needed protection for over 500 properties within the town. I want to place on record my appreciation to Westmeath County Council, the consultants RPS and the staff of the OPW for their continuing commitment and effort in implementing this Scheme”.
“I am satisfied that significant progress is being made in the implementation of the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme. In partnership with Westmeath County Council, I look forward to the delivery of this Scheme for the community of Athlone,” Minister Moran concluded.