Up to five feet of land has been lost to the sea at Strandhill in the past week.
The popular beach climb to the top has wreaked havoc along the coastline, especially on the right side of the cannon, with the crashing waves causing severe coastal erosion.
The unrestricted caravan park is under serious threat from the sea, while the main car park on the promenade is also a concern for the golf course.
In the past few days, pieces of land have fallen into the sea and fences have been broken and coastal paths have literally collapsed.
There are no immediate plans to install Rock Armor at the location to prevent further erosion.
However, hopes are pinned on the Coastal Erosion Study, which has been commissioned to address the issue stretching from Strandhill to Eski.
Early last year, Sligo County Council was awarded €72,000 from the Office of Public Works (OPW) to fund the Sligo Bay Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Management Study.
Tom Kilfeather, director of infrastructure, environment and fire services, told The Sligo Champion that the study will take most of 2022 to complete and is part of a long-term solution to tackle coastal erosion, which it claims is a national issue. And it doesn’t just affect Sligo. Sea shore.
“Once we have the study, we’ll review it, see what the findings are, and consider moving forward,” he said.
“It’s part of a long-term approach. Obviously, all we can do in the short term is try and repair based on the resources available. I think it’s the right approach and it’s got to be supported by stakeholders.” received.”
Mr Kilfeather said the issue not only affected Strandhill and that the council also had “significant problems with coastal erosion” at Roses Point.
“We worked closely with County Sligo Golf Club in 2021 to make some repairs to what they had previously done, and we worked with them to do additional work between their location and the ramp that leads to Second Beach in Ross. Provides the point,” he said.
“It’s a repair job and it’s a short-term solution, but it seems to have worked well. There is a risk of storms as well as continued use of the facilities and this is being seen nationally as a way forward.” How to deal with erosion.
Coastal erosion is usually caused by waves and currents as well as heavy storms that can cause significant damage to natural areas.
However, there is also a human element to coastal erosion, such as the increase in footfall on beaches such as Strandhill due to the breakthrough of the Wild Atlantic Way.
This means that some infrastructure may be at risk and this requires an ongoing assessment from the OPW to assess and prevent any potential damage.
There are many conflicting views on how to deal with coastal erosion and Mr Kilfeather said there are some who claim that it is not the council’s responsibility to carry out intervention tasks and that it should be allowed to take nature.
“But it can cause damage to houses and roads. The golf club in Roses Point has a challenge.
“There is a balance between interference, which is too costly, and allowing nature to do its job,” he said.
Mr Kilfeather said the biggest challenge with regard to the intervention was deciding who would pay for it and deciding “what the approach was going to be on a national basis in the long term.”
“It’s all part of the climate action agenda, and it’s great to have these things talked about and studied by experts, but what’s most important is to deliver solutions that are identified in the long term,” he said.