• Cllr Brian Dennehy

Ancillary items to the North Beach Rush

COMHAIRLE CONTAE FHINE GALL

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING

[Services A – Operational Matters]

Thursday, 8th March 2018

ITEM NO. 25



Question: Councillor B. Dennehy

“To ask the Chief Executive to outline what progress has been made on the

delivery of ancillary items to the North Beach Rush car park and surrounding

area’s such as seating, showers, making the existing toilets wheel chair accessible

as well as the delivery of flag poles and more litter bins all covered in agenda

item 20 at the December 2017 area meeting. The purpose of the necessity for

delivery of the ancillary facilities will reinforce the campaign to have a blue flag

delivered for the South Beach aided further with the activation of the new Rush

sewage network scheme which is connected to the Donabate treatment plant?”

Reply:

The Operations department have on hand a wide range of requests for

additional facilities at all of the Fingal beaches. In order to create a fair and

balanced beaches work programme, it is intended to carry out a full review of all

beaches over a 12 month period (commencing Q2 2018) and from that review to

identify and prioritise works across our beaches, to ensure that any investment

made to improving beach amenities and infrastructure is supported by fact.

In the interim, beaches will be inspected and any minor improvement and

routine maintenance works such as painting touch up, litter bins etc. that will

improve the general appearance of the area will be programmed for attention.

With regard to the Blue Flag award, the calculation method set down for Blue

Flag adjudication requires that bathing water must reach “Excellent” quality

standard over a consecutive 4 year period. In this regard, the earliest that Rush

North Beach could qualify for a Blue Flag is 2022, assuming that the water quality

is excellent for the next 4 years, from 2018 onwards.

Rush North Beach Water Quality

2017 2016 2015 2014

Sufficient Quality New (Classification not possible) None None

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