Summary of Findings from 1st Public Information Day
A total of 88 attendees registered at the event and 25 completed questionnaires and a number of letters and reports were received following the event.
Most of those that attended had a particular interest in properties or lands in the Study Area and explained the extent to which their properties had been affected by previous flood events and what they considered to be the contributing factors that resulted in the flooding.
The majority of respondents quoted the December 2015 flood event and general discussion included local experiences, the huge clean up and costs afterwards.
A number of residents queried funding of the project and timescale for start and finish of construction phase, which is currently envisaged for 2020. Midleton residents expressed concerns over not being granted insurance cover for flood damage and the cost associated with repeat flooding in the future before the scheme is constructed.
There were also a number of possible flood relief measures noted, ranging from direct defences to flood storage, dredging and tidal barrage.
As a whole attendees were very engaged and gave detailed information relating to previous flood events which will be of great value to the project. The design team is grateful for all input received and note that all of the potential flood relief measures will be considered as part of the Options Assessment, which contains a multi-criteria analysis.
Further details in relation to the Public Information Day will be included in the Constraints Report which will be uploaded to the website in due course.