Galway City Tribune – The second draft of controversial bylaws for parks, beaches and open spaces have been delayed due to a staff shortage at City Hall.
The new draft, which was to include changes resulting from an unprecedented 371 submissions from the public, was not available at the most recent meeting of the Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) on Environment, Recreation and Amenity.
Chairperson of the Committee, Cllr Terry O’Flaherty, informed the members that while it had been 10 weeks since their last meeting, the new proposals were not yet ready.
“Stephen Walsh [Parks Superintendent] is in charge of this and he has been out sick for some time,” said the Independent councillor.
Mr Walsh, who was in attendance at the SPC, has since returned, and is currently working on the second proposal with a view to having it ready for the next meeting.
Some of the proposed regulations include a ban on picking flowers, climbing trees, horse riding on beaches – as well as the curtailing of cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding on the Prom and in public parks.
These proposals drew the ire of large swathes of people in the city but the Council has insisted that the bylaws were necessary to protect the local authority from “ongoing litigation” – while they also stated that the final bylaws will be considerably different to those first proposed.
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