The publication today, Thursday 10 November 2011, of the Government’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme for the period 2012 – 2016 fails to include the Dargle Flood Protection Scheme indicating that residents in Little Bray will have to wait another five years before there is any chance of protecting their homes.
“I am furious that the Government has failed to make provision in its investment programme for the much needed flood protection scheme for Little Bray despite all the work that has been done in recent years in bring the project to a stage where a contractor had been selected to start” said Cllr Grant.
“Today’s announcement confirms that Clonmel, Mallow, Fermoy, Ennis, Waterford and Carlow will benefit from Government funding of flood schemes in their towns but Bray has not been mentioned.
Clearly Government backbenchers from other Counties can get projects included but Wicklow’s Government TDs have again let the County down by not securing the Dargle project in the list of schemes to be advanced.
The heavy rain of a couple of weeks ago highlighted how close the town came to flooding. It is episodes like this that will have residents and business owners holding their breath over the winter and the years ahead” Cllr Grant commented.
“Fine Gael and Labour have dropped the ball on this. They were given a scheme ready to go and they have now pulled the plug on it. Our local Government representatives should be embarrassed at their failure to secure funding for the most important piece of infrastructure for the town since Dargan’s time” concluded Cllr Grant.