Dredging of Ballycotton Harbour One Step Closer

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cork County Council has approved plans to carry out an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Ballycotton Harbour as part of a €200,000 dredging programme.
East Cork Cllrs have long argued that failure to dredge Ballycotton regularly is preventing the village’s Life Boat Station from operating at certain times of the year.
It’s been over two decades since the Harbour was dredged, as a result of which vessels find it difficult to leave the haven on a spring low tide, as there is insufficient water.
Cllrs told this week’s Southern Committee that dredging of the Harbour is paramount for Ballycotton Life Boat Service to operate, it being an all-weather station. The service covers the seaward area of East Cork towards Minehead in Waterford and as far as Crosshaven in Cork harbour.
Sinn Fein Cllr Danielle Twomey said “the dredging of Ballycotton is badly needed, it’s a hugely lively harbour.”
Under the Department of the Marine, the Authority is approved for the Environmental Impact Study which includes environmental dumping at sea and sediment analysis.
The Local Authority say that “subject to funding” the aim is that dredging in Ballycotton will commence in 2019.
It is anticipated that the overdue dredging will help boost the maritime community and tourism.

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