Heritage over safety?

The Cork Office of Public Works have put forward a proposal to address flooding within the southern city, however a local voluntary group have argues that plans could ruin the historic character of the city.

The Office of Public Works public barrier scheme addresses the long history of flooding in the city. In 2014 flooding cost the city 50m in damages, and the costs are expected to increase as flooding becomes more common if something is not put in place soon. The scheme OPW put forward, along with the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme, aims to protect 2100 properties against tidal and river flooding by producing flood defences along the River Lee and through Cork city.  The OPW believe the scheme will enhance connectivity to the river, repair 20m of historical quay walls and safeguard over 300 protected structures.

However, the scheme has faced criticism from the Save Cork city group who argue the scheme would replace 16th, 17th and 18th century stone walls in the city, and trample on the heritage of the city. The group have put forward other scheme suggestions which they believe would be more acceptable and avoid the replacement of the stone walls.

Balancing heritage with safety is now a growing consideration for those working to protect destinations from new and increasing threats such as flooding. Other town and cities have faced similar issues, and locations such as Paris are responsible for protecting their heritage sites when flooding occurs.

This issue, among many others, will be considered at this years Flood Expo. To arrange your free ticket to show, click here.

If you are interested in exhibiting at this year’s expo, contact James Berryman on 01872 218007 or email james.berryman@prysmgroup.co.uk