The North Beach access ramp was discussed at length during a meeting.
A meeting was held between Councillors, Council Officials and ARUP to discuss the North Beach in Greystones on Friday, February 9th, 2024. The key items discussed were the ongoing erosion of the North Beach and the access ramp, which has come under pressure following recent storms. The meeting heard that if rock armour or an equivalent measure was taken it would put enormous pressure at the endpoint of the rock armour. In addition it is likely to remove any sand in front of rock armour. The North Beach access ramp was also discussed in length.
Cllr Stephen Stokes, Cathaoirleach of the Greystones Municipal District stated:
"Erosion along the North Beach is now accelerating faster than the expected 0.5 metres per year. It is now closer to 1-2 metres per year. One of the key ways to stymy beach erosion is with beach nourishment. This has not been done for 6-7 years, and so it is not surprising that the erosion has accelerated. I welcome a commitment to do another batch of beach nourishment in 2024.
"The ramp will require a detailed plan of action. All going to plan, it is hoped that work will commence in the late Summer 2024. I asked if interim work could be carried out to stabilise the path. We were advised that this will be done. But of course this is not a complete fix. Until we have a long term solution, it is still vulnerable to extreme weather events. I will continue to press for improvements along the North Beach in Greystones."