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September 2018

Japanese Knotweed Spraying

Japanese Knotweed Ireland will start on site in the week commencing the 10th of September 2018. This is the third round of spraying of the Japanese Knotweed. The works will take place on lands along the Glashaboy River, including the John O’Callaghan Park, a number of Mill Races, the Bleach Hill Stream and the Butlerstown Stream.

May 2018

Tree Felling

The tree felling works that consisted of tree cutting of individually identified trees (approximately 120 in total), disposal of trees, limbs and scrub and treatment of tree stumps to prevent regrowth has been completed.

The trees were selected on the basis of their potential to fall and block drains/channels, and therefore pose a significant risk in relation to flood events.

December 2017

Progress Bulletin

Cork County Council have circulated a leaflet to addresses within the study area over the past few weeks, it is also available to download from the following link here

November 2017

Foul Flooding at Meadowbrook

Irish Water is committed to developing a sustainable drainage solution for the Glanmire catchment to provide for future development and to meet environmental compliance and customer driven objectives under the Drainage Area Plan (DAP) Process. The DAP for Cork City including Glanmire has already commenced. Following meetings with CCC, Irish Water are now endeavouring to advance the Glanmire catchment DAP ahead of programme in order to meet the timelines associated with the Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme.

Both Cork County Council and Irish Water are fully committed to working together on these issues.

November 2017

Key Changes in Environmental Impact Statements introduced by Directive 2014/52/EU (EIA Directive)

The new EIA Directive (2014/52/EU) amends the preceding EIA Directive (2011/92/EU) on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. The new EIA Directive was required to be transposed by member states by 16 May 2017, necessitating changes in Irish laws, regulations and administrative provisions across a number of legislative codes. At the time of writing this information note (8 November 2017), the legislation necessary to transpose the Directive into Irish law has not yet been adopted, however the provisions of the new Directive are deemed to apply from 16 May 2017. Compliance with the new Directive requires revisions from what was previously required.

The report on the environmental impact assessment previously prepared for Glashaboy FRS is referred to in the Irish legislation as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Directive 2014/52/EU replaces the EIS with an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR). The revised information to be contained in an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) (previously EIS) is detailed in Annex IV of the new Directive. The key differences between Directive 2011/92/EU (EIS) and Directive 2014/52/EU (EIAR) which will affect the information to be contained in the revised EIAR for Glashaboy FRS include:

Alternatives

The requirement for assessment of alternatives is changed from

‘An outline of the main alternatives studied by the developer and an indication of the main reasons for this choice, taking into account the environmental effects’

to

‘a description of the reasonable alternatives studied by the developer, which are relevant to the project and its specific characteristics, and an indication of the main reasons for the option chosen, taking into account the effects of the project on the environment’.

Changes to Prescribed Environmental Factors

  • ‘Land’ is added. ‘Human Beings’ is replaced by ‘Population & Human Health’ and ‘Flora & Fauna’ is replaced by ‘Biodiversity’

EIA Quality

  • Requirement for quality control in EIA preparation and review (competent expertise)

Other changes

The amendments also introduce new provisions regarding the need to address, where relevant:

  • demolition works as part of a project description (where relevant)
  • use of natural resources during construction & operation
  • impacts of climate change on a project as well as impacts of a project on climate change
  • protection of the marine environment
  • risks to human health, cultural heritage or the environment (due for example to accidents or disasters).

Impact on the Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme

As a result of the changes to EU legislation on environmental matters as outlined above the proposed programme of works for the Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme has been impacted.

The programme has been impacted due to:

  • A requirement for re-consultation with certain statutory bodies as additional matters not previously considered under the old EIS now must be considered.
  • Appropriate time allocated for response to any new queries as a result of the re-consultation.
  • Time for incorporation of these responses and any impacts they may have on the current scheme
  • Additional time for review of the EIAR by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DEPR)

The impact on the project programme is shown under the Project Information section of this website.

November 2017

Bridge Clearance Works

Cork County Council have procured a contractor to carry out bridge clearance works at Glyntown Bridge (near Lidl). The works will include the clearance of the right-hand eye (looking downstream) which is blocked at present. Works will be carried out to minimise the generation of silt and will be supervised by a professional underwater archaeologist.

The works will include the removal of vegetation and debris from the eye of the bridge, together with an area extending approximately 20m downstream of the bridge. It is expected that works will take place primarily from the river bank, minimising any disturbance within the channel itself. Sediment control measures will be put in place by the Contractor. Inland Fisheries Ireland have given approval for these works to take place in the coming weeks.

May 2017

Japanese Knotweed Treatment – Glashaboy FRS

Cork County Council have sought tenders from a number of specialist Contractors to carry out Japanese Knotweed Advance Treatment Works along the Glashaboy River. It is anticipated that a Contractor will be appointed within the coming weeks.

These Advance Treatment Works are programmed to take place in late Summer 2017, with an initial survey to be carried out by the Contractor in advance of the treatment works. This initial survey will allow for identification and treatment of any new stands (within the study area) which may have developed since last year’s treatment works. The works will take place on lands along the Glashaboy River, including the John O’Callaghan Park, a number of Mill Races, the Bleach Hill Stream and the Butlerstown Stream.

Once appointed, the contractor will require access to lands in order to survey and subsequently treat Japanese Knotweed. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

April 2017

The Exhibition period for the Glashaboy Drainage Scheme is now complete. The closing date for submissions to is now past. Please be advised that we are currently reviewing all submissions received and a response to each submission will be issued in the coming month.

Glashaboy River (Glanmire/Sallybrook) Drainage Scheme.

The Public Exhibition of the Glashaboy Drainage Scheme will be formally launched by Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief; Mr Seán Canney TD and Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Seamus McGrath on Monday, 21st November, 2016.

Cork County Council is advancing this Flood Relief Scheme, on behalf of the Office of Public Works under the Commissioner's powers of the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995.

A copy of the scheme will be available for inspection from Monday, 21st November, 2016 to Tuesday, 20th December, 2016 both dates inclusive, during normal working hours at the following locations:

Glanmire Library, Hazelwood Shopping Centre, Glanmire, Co. Cork & Cork County Council, Cobh/Glanmire Area Engineers Office (Roads), Ballinglanna, Glanmire, Co. Cork.

Representatives of Cork County Council's Design team will be in attendance at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Co. Cork. on the following dates and times to answer any questions that interested persons may have regarding the Scheme's proposals:

Date Location Time
Monday, 21st November 2016 Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire 2.00pm - 8.00pm
Wednesday, 30th November 2016 Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire 2.00pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday, 6th December 2016 Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire 2.00pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday, 20th December 2016 Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire 2.00pm - 8.00pm

Cork County Council wish to consider all viewpoints in relation to the exhibited scheme, therefore submissions can be made on the proposed Scheme up to Tuesday, 31st January 2017. Submissions should be addressed to:

Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme, Coastal Management & Flood Projects Department, Cork County Council, Floor 10, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.

Submissions must be addressed to: Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme, Coastal Management & Flood Projects Department, Cork County Council, Floor 10, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.

Cork County Council on behalf of the Office of Public Works November 2016

Exhibition drawings are available here

Additional material including project brochure and quesionnaire are available in the downloads area

Site Investigation Works.

September - October 2016

Priority Geotechnical Limited has been appointed to carry out a number of exploratory holes in the Glanmire area. These holes include trial pits, rotary core, slit trenches and foundation inspection pits will all inform the detailed design of the Scheme's works.

Topographic & CCTV Survey.

August- September 2016

A topographic and CCTV surveyor Environmental Techniques in conjunction with 360Surveys has been appointed to capture a topographic survey of the River Channel and banks. The CCTC survey involves the videoing of surface water and foul drainage lines. Both of these surveys will be used to inform the detailed design of the Scheme’s works.

Interim Works - Marwood Bridges.

August 2016

Works to remove two bridges at Marwood on the Glenmore stream, has been completed. These bridges were an arch bridge which had collapsed into the stream and a disused bridge from the construction phase of the estate. Their removal will improve conveyance in the stream during high flow conditions.

Japanese Knotweed Treatment.

September 2016

Japanese Knotweed Advance Treatment Works will commence in September. In order to carry out these works, Cork County Council’s Contractor (Japanese Knotweed Ireland Ltd) will require access to lands along the Glashaboy River. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Interim Works at Riverstown Bridge and Glanmire Bridge.

July 2016

The cleaning of Riverstown Bridge and Glanmire Bridge (i.e cleaning of bridge eye) is now complete.

Interim Works at Copper Valley Estate.

May 2016

Road ramps were constructed at the estate entrance to divert any future road flood waters from entering the estate road.

Remedial repair works carried out to the River Culvert safty rail.

Remedial repair works carried out to the estate roads kerbing (kerbing parallel to river) and construction of road spill channels to allow excess road surface water to discharge directly into the adjoining river.

Remedial repair works carried out to the river safety fence.

Interim Works at Riverstown Bridge.

May 2016

Cleaning of Riverstown river bridge (i.e cleaning of bridge eye) is scheduled for July subject to approval from Inland Fisheries Ireland

Topographic and Drainage Survey - Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme

May 2016

A topographic and drainage survey will be carried out in the vicinity of Glanmire and Sallybrook, along the Glashaboy River and its tributaries by Environmental Techniques Ltd. over the coming weeks. The surveying of ground levels and a CCTV survey of drainage lines will facilitate the detailed design and construction of the Flood Relief Scheme.

Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme Public Information Day No. 2

The second Public Information Day for the Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme will be held in Sarsfield GAA Hall on Friday 20th February 2015 from 3pm to 9pm. The Public Information Day will provide an update on the identification of engineering measures for the Glanmire and Sallybrook areas. Members of the public are invited to attend and make their views and comments known to the project's design team.

All material presented at the Public Information Day including the brochure, questionnaire, maps and posters are available in the downloads area.

Glashaboy FRS Constraints Study

The Constraints Study report for the Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme is now available in the downloads area

Property Threshold Surveys

12 January 2015

Cork County Council are currently carrying out property threshold surveys within the study area. Generally, the survey will involve recording the ground level at the entrance to the property using GPS surveying equipment. These surveys are required in order to advance the assessment of the scheme options.

All surveyors working on site will have letters of introduction with them at all times and their ID. These can be provided to members of the public at any time on request.

Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme Public Information Day No. 1

The first Public Information Day for the Glashaboy River (Glanmire/Sallybrook) Flood Relief Scheme will be held in Glanmire GAA Club on Tuesday 25th February 2014 from 3pm to 7pm. Members of the public are invited to attend and make their views and comments known to the project's design team.

A brochure for the event, and a set of information posters are available in the downloads area.

 

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Topographic and Drainage Survey - Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme more

Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme Public Information Day No. 2

Glashaboy FRS Constraints Study

Property Threshold Surveys

Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme Public Information Day No. 1