Need to protect Balbriggan coastline is ‘urgent’, says councillor

by Gazette Reporter

Urgent measures are needed to protect the Balbriggan coastline from erosion, a local Green Party Cllr has warned.

Cllr Karen Power says large chunks of the cliffs behind Bremore Castle “hang precariously” over the beach below in the wake of recent storms.

She is calling on the Fingal Coastal Liaison Group, which was formed in response to serious coastal erosion in Portrane, to include Balbriggan in its strategy.

Cllr Power said: “Walking along Balbriggan beach it’s hard not to notice the very serious impact of coastal erosion, particularly along the cliffs behind Bremore Castle following Storm Aiden.

“This is a particularly popular route for walkers and the cliffs above have large sections that look likely to break off soon.

“I have asked the council as an immediate measure to secure the particularly dangerous section and in the long term to look to include Balbriggan in the coastal strategy.”

“We have seen the devastating effect in Portrane of ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away with family homes now uninhabitable and homes being isolated as access roads are falling into the sea.

“Action is needed now to safe guard our coastline in Balbriggan before the problem develops past the point of successful intervention.”

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