Laois quarries

156 registered quarries in Laois

12 quarries in Laois have open enforcement files against them

On site reviews of all the quarries was begun by the council during 2020. 110 were studied

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local-news/647220/illegal-quarries-destroying-the-laois-countryside.html

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local-news/640110/request-for-audit-into-laois-quarries-unsupported-by-councillors.html

Kildare Quarries

A list is prioritised by local authority for enforcement action, and a number of warning letters have been issued.

Matters considered include a broad spectrum of areas within each unauthorised quarry and include compliance with relevant Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) legislation on the protection of the environment and the local Natura 2000 sites

Section 261 quarries in Kildare

Ballysax, Curragh

https://www.thejournal.ie/kildare-quarry-high-court-4484039-Feb2019/

Kilsaran Concrete quarry

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2021/0611/1227608-kildare-quarry-approved-by-an-bord-pleanala/

Ballyneety Quarry, Limerick

Roadstone Provinces Ltd

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/636718/council-sends-warning-letter-to-owner-of-limerick-quarry.html

A warning letter under Section 152(1) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended has been sent to Roadstone Provinces Ltd, Saggart, Co Dublin for “non compliance with condition no 1 attached to Quarry Registration and conditions no’s 2 and 18 attached to planning permission reference at Luddenbeg, Ballyneety, Co Limerick.”

The “non compliance” with conditions that the council refers to in its “warning letter” are:

1. The area subject to registration is outlined in red on the attached map. Any development outside this area will require the benefit of planning permission. All relevant conditions from permission 06 3689 to apply.

The reason for this is “in the interests of clarity”.

2. The permission is for a period of six years from the date of this order. No further extraction shall be permitted without a prior grant of planning permission and the restoration of the site shall be completed to the satisfaction of the planning authority within one year of the cessation of extraction works.

The reason is “in the interest of clarity having regard to the nature of the proposed development and to ensure satisfactory reinstatement of the site having regard to visual amenity”.

18. Before development commences a monitoring programme regarding noise, dust and water quality shall be agreed in writing with the planning authority for the duration of the extraction period. Independent environmental auditors approved by the planning authority shall carry out this programme, which shall be at the developers expense and made available  to the public for inspection at all reasonable hours at a location to be agreed with the planning authority.

The reason for this is “in the interest of residential amenity”.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40286594.html

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/spotlight/arid-40252907.html

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/624838/what-lurks-beneath-limerick-quarry-asks-environmental-group.html

Turlough flood relief measures at Ballyvelaghan, Co. Clare

Clare County Council approach to non-draining turlough at Ballyvelaghan (2018)

1) environmental-impact assessment

2) applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission for flood-relief measures

Ballyvaughan Turlough SAC

https://www.npws.ie/protected-sites/sac/000996

Clare County Council applied to An Bord Pleanála under the provisions of Section 177AE of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) for a flood alleviation project at Mortyclogh, Co. Clare.

A Natura Impact Statement was submitted along with other documentation in support of the application

Proposal was for:

Construction of a pumping station (underground chambers (3.5m x 4m wide x 4m deep), control kiosk 2m3, concrete hardstanding 300m2, mesh fence to surround and screen planting),
• Construction of a rising main (pipe 550mm diameter x 700m long buried within a trench) between the pumping station and outlet,
• Construction of an inlet and outlet chamber at Poulnaclogh/ Mucknish Bay with overflowing weir,
• All other associated works.

Note: The NIS refers to an associated feasibility study and preliminary design report by Hydro Environmental Ltd, which is not included with the application

Bantry Flood Relief Scheme

http://www.bantryfrs.ie/

The project shall comprise up to five stages.

Stage 1: Scheme Development and Design

Assess and develop a viable, cost-effective and sustainable Scheme, to allow the design flood event along the Bantry & Mealagh Rivers and their tributaries without causing flooding of properties, in so doing protecting against flooding from pluvial, fluvial, groundwater, tidal and surge.

Carrying out a Constraints Study to identify the key environmental issues in the study area, which may be impacted upon by possible flood alleviation measures, and/or which may impose constraints on the design and viability of these measures.

Preparation of the Appropriate Assessment Screening Statement.

Public consultation, including Public Information Days. The purpose of the first Public Information Day is to gather information from the public about their experiences of flooding in the Study Area along with their thoughts on possible solutions to the flooding problem and their preferences in this regard.

Development and identification of preferred scheme, informed by:
Multi-criteria assessment of options including environmental assessments
Cost Benefit analysis for the preferred scheme


Stage 2: Planning process

Complete the necessary planning and any other statutory processes, to progress the preferred Scheme through Part 10 Planning under the Planning and Development Act 2000 or confirmation under the Arterial Drainage Act 1945.


Stage 3 – Detailed Design, Confirmation and Tender

Undertaking the detailed design of the final preferred scheme.
Confirmation of the Scheme by the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform where relevant.
Preparation of Contract Documents and undertaking the procurement of a works contractor to construct the Scheme.


Stages 4 and 5 – Construction and Handover of the Works

A Natural Water Retentions Measure (NWRM) Feasibility Assessment will be undertaken when assessing the solutions to mitigate flooding in Bantry. Where it is feasible for NWRM to contribute to flood reduction in the Scheme Area, or to contribute to the mitigation of the environmental impacts of the Scheme, these measures will be developed as part for the Scheme.

Project area

Culverts Map

South West Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study

Further detail is available on www.floodinfo.ie

Parts of Bantry have been identified as being at risk of flooding. The areas at risk in particular follow the path of the Mill River, Alley River and Scart Stream through the town and the Mealagh River to the north of the town.

Bantry is also affect by tidal flooding with coastal areas identified as at risk. There are also problems with the poor structural condition and flow capacity of culverts in the town. One of the significant causes of flooding is high tides entering the local drainage network and causing sewer flooding as well as river flooding from the Bantry Stream and tributaries. Bantry is prone to flash flooding from the numerous small steep rivers that flow through the town.

Map of Bantry Culverts

For more detailed maps of culvert system in Bantry see

https://irl.eu-supply.com/ctm/Supplier/PublicPurchase/162473/1/0