Safety fencing has been erected around an area of the Ward River Valley known as the Brick Arch.
The historical strucuture which is part of an informal trail through the undeveloped area of the park has been deemed structurally unsafe.
The council explained this situation as follows:
Fingal County Council will erect safety fencing in a small section of the Ward River Regional Park commencing on Thursday 9th February 2023. The works are limited to a small area adjacent to an historic feature locally known as “The Brick Arch” which is located on the southern bank of the Ward River and towards the western end of the park. Following a recent inspection of the structure by a consultant conservation engineer (to inform the development project for the Regional Park), the Brick Arch was deemed to be structurally unsafe. Currently, a design team is being procured to progress the construction stage tender for the specialist stabilisation works. This historic feature will remain fenced off until the proposed works to stabilise the structure and preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations are completed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“The closure of trail is regrettable but the preservation of the remaining historic strucutures in the park has to be the highest priority. It is good to see that work is progressing on the park development plan and hopefully we will soon have a really clear plan for the future of this hidden gem.”