Parts of the Cascades, also known as the Arches, in the Ward River Valley will be fenced off this week after they have been deemed unsafe.
A Fingal County Council official said this week:
“Fingal County Council will erect safety fencing in a small section of the Ward River Regional Park during the week commencing on Monday 11th April 2023.
“The works are limited to two small areas adjacent to the historic cascades feature. Following recent vegetation trimming (to inform the development project for the Regional Park), the Cascades were deemed to be unsafe. Currently, a design team is being procured to progress the construction stage tender for the specialist repair works required. This historic feature will remain fenced off until the proposed works to repair the structure and preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations are completed.”
In an area committee the Head of Parks for Fingal County Council clarified that a specialist consultant in historic conservation work is preparing a works package that will go to tender. It is expected that contractors will be engaged in the coming months.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“It is important that the council are pushing ahead with these conservation works as we are at risk losing the amazing history with have the valley.
“Everytime I go down there it feels like there is another bit chipped or washed away. We really need to act swiftly to preserve these incredible structures. I will be pushing for the council to move as quickly as possible to complete these works.”