I don’t want to get into the technicalities of what happened at the end of the last application but the result is that the development as previously proposed will not go ahead… However, the Council soon resubmitted (Before Christmas) a new application with a slightly revised design.
Details of the new application on the Clare Co. Co. website here. Click on View Scanned Files Button (Internet Explorer Only)
Clare County Council did not contact any surfing organisation to discuss the new proposal or the concerns of surfers. They prepared and submitted the application again with no prior consultation what so ever.
Submissions outlining your concerns can be made (no fee required) on this new application until the last day in February to:
Clare County Council
Quote in your heading: Proposed Pier Development at Doolin, Co. Clare Planning Reference 108010.
Remember this is what we are fighting for:
Photos Copyright: Paudie Scanlon.
We (Development Committee West Coast Surf Club) have submitted an initial submission in respect of the new application. The following is a quotation from same:
“We now wish to state clearly that the revised proposals submitted are not acceptable, provide little improvement on the previous submission, will negatively impact on the wave environment and will become a serious danger to surfers in the area.”
Having reviewed the new proposal we have concluded that the revised position and length will have a significant impact on the surfing environment in the area.
The wave study prepared for Clare Council contains significant gaps in the bathymetry survey information, critically at the key surfing spots.
Section 3.1 of the Wave modelling Report prepared by Malachy Walsh and Partners (submitted with the new application) confirms that there will be impacts on the existing wave environment if the pier is built as proposed, however these impacts are not quantified in the report.
That report does confirm however that there will be an increase in currents, this will be particularly dangerous for surfers entering and exiting the water.
Worryingly Section 4 of the report notes the potential for ‘significant impact on the surf waves’.
We would urge everyone to show their support for this cause. The West Coast Surf Club and surfers are not against a new pier but a more suitable location and design could be achieved to suit all parties.