Thursday 14 December 2017

Frost turns quayfront into skating rink

By Maria Pepper

People walking on a frost-covered Wexford quayfront over the weekend complained that the surface was so slippy it was like an ice-skating rink in places.

On Saturday night, some people coming off the quayside were warning others not to go onto the boardwalk because it was so treacherous.

'When the weather is icy, the quayfront is lethal. I know that from personal experience during MarineWatch patrols', said Cllr. George Lawlor.

There had been a problem with a build-up of slime on the woodenworks making the surface slippery and causing widespread complaints but this was improved when Wexford County Council power-washed the area.

Council Chief Executive Tom Enright has previously accepted there is a problem on the quayfront, saying the local authority understood the dangers that the quays pose to the public.

A public consultation process is underway in relation to a planned refurbishment of the quayfriont and Crescent Quay which will cost between €2m and €3 million. Mr. Enright has said that the re-development and re-vitalisation plan for Wexford Quays should be in place by the end of spring. According to Cllr. Lawlor, when the quayfront was first built, t was never envisaged that there would be so much activity and traffic on it and while this was a good thing, it meant there was more wear and tear on the surface.

Wexford People

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