The eroded beach at Strandhill

Residents of Strandhill, have given a warm welcome to the allocation of €290,000 by Mr. Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), to combat the ongoing problem of coastal erosion in the village.

The money was allocated under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for the provision of a new termination ramp structure at the southern end of the existing public coastal path/rock beach revetment (approximately 70 m) and for local upgrading to the existing revetment (approximately 40 m).

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The allocation comes after the minister Mr. Brian Hayes, TD, visited Strandhill in April 2012, to inspect the damage caused by severe storms which washed away part of a coastal pathway and about 500m of sand dunes, raising fears about the threat to the local tourism infrastructure, including Strandhill golf club.

The problem of coastal erosion in Strandhill was caused by severe storms in November and December 2011 which eroded about 500 metres of a section of sand dunes at Strandhill, which has resulted in a consultants report recommending the provision of a ramp structure costing almost €300,000 to protect the dunes.

Local people say the Strandhill golf course, the village car park, an area known as the shelly valley and the beach area are all threatened.

Sligo County Council is expected to start the work early next year.

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