Johnston Welcomes Interim Coastal Protection at Portrane

Johnston Welcomes Interim Coastal Protection at Portrane

Corina Johnston, the Labour Party Local Area Representative for Donabate and Portrane, has welcomed the decision taken by Fingal County Council, to place the surplus seabees, from phase 2 of the temporary coastal protection scheme, at the rear of Pipers takeaway and the public toilets.Johnston said; “Whilst any additional protection is welcome, we are still deeply concerned that Fingal County Council have no plans at present to provide coastal protection from the surface water pipes at the rear of the Brook, to the Quay Road, and fronting Beach Lane at the Burrow. “Johnston added; “The area to the rear of Pipers takeaway, which includes the public toilets, has been under continuous threat from coastal erosion in recent years. These interim measures follow repeated representations at local level by Cllr Robert O’Donoghue and I, and at national level by Duncan Smith TD who has raised this issue on two occasions in the Dáil since his recent election.”Johnston said; “Fingal County Council have commissioned a report entitled Coastal Processes at the Burrow, Portrane which is due to go on public display soon. While this report makes certain proposals for long-term coastal protection measures, it makes no recommendations for the area from the surface water pipes at the rear of the Brook, to Quay Road. If a permanent solution is not installed along these areas, we will see the demise of the public toilets, the loss of public open space, the future of the takeaway will be under threat and family homes are likely to become uninhabitable.”Johnston concluded; “We are calling on the people of Portrane and Donabate to make their views known to Fingal County Council during the upcoming consultation process.This may be our last opportunity to save Portrane, our seaside village. “