Saturday 21 September 2019

Council is actively promoting Wexford Harbour

Efforts are being made to bring more business to Wexford Harbour.
Efforts are being made to bring more business to Wexford Harbour.

By Esther Hayden

Wexford County Council is actively trying to promote Wexford Harbour.

Speaking at the January meeting of the council engineer Tim Murphy said that some visiting vessels had been attracted to the town and it was hoped to bring more business to Wexford,

He said there was no increase in vessel fees for commercial fees and said the council had listened to the concerns of fishermen and there will be now one sum to pay rather than the old system which saw some fishermen paying three harbour fees.

In the past, he said, the council operated an honesty system for landing fees but said 'there were a few holes in the system with under declaration'. He said from now on fees will be on a multiplier basis.

The members were also told there would be a difficulty with any foreshore licence at the Crescent.

Last year a total of 15 million fish was brought in through Kilmore and Cllr Tony Dempsey wondered if it were 'possible to do a basic cost benefit analysis to developing Kilmore Quay to further its potential'.

Engineer Gerry Forde said 'we have a plan in place for Kilmore Quay but it is costing €5 million and we would only receive Department funding of €500,000 so there's a big funding gap'.

Cllr Fergie Kehoe raised concerns about the silt in Wexford Harbour and wondered if anything could be done to prevent it from happening.

Protective works need to be carried out at Kilmore Harbour according to Cllr Anthony Kelly 'after the hammering it got in the storm'. He also raised concerns about the harbour charges saying 'I think it will have an impact on the amount of fish coming.'

Mr Murphy said the charges were already subsidised and said he felt that the new system was 'more equitable'.

Cllr Fionntan O Suilleabhain said there was 'an ongoing silting problem at Courtown Harbour. €60,000 is being spent on this. Is there any way of getting EU funding to correct the shape of the pier?'

Cllr. Davy Hynes said the protective arm at the harbour 'was supposed to be self cleaning' but said it was 'all backed up' due to an 'engineering problem'. Engineer Gerry Forde said 'there will always be a problem with silting' at the harbour.

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