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Council gives building owners one month to eliminate rats

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The former Connacht Laundry

Residents in ‘The West’ area of the city fear being over-run by a large colony of rats which has taken up residence in the former Connacht Laundry building – set to be demolished.
The owners of the site have been given one month by Galway City Council to implement a rodent control plan because of the “large rat infestation” on the site.
One local pest control company has warned that sewer rat numbers are already quite high in the area. Local residents have expressed serious concerns about the infestation at the site, and the potential for rodents to migrate to Scoil Iognáid and local businesses.
The HSE’s Environmental Health Service has demanded that a rodent extermination programme be put in place prior to the demolition of the building.
A submission from The West Residents’ Association welcomed the application by Welmary Properties to “put an end to the threats to public safety that the site presently poses”.
“Residents are aware of a large rat infestation on the site. Rats migrate to nearby premises when an infested site is disturbed. This would be a serious concern to local residents and also to all the children and teachers at Scoil Iognáid and local businesses, especially those involved with food,” Acting Secretary Michael Harlowe wrote.
Planners approved the demolition of everything on the 2.1 acre site, except the boundary wall and an unoccupied dwelling on St Helen’s Street.
The Council ordered that within the next month, systematic rodent baiting must be implemented at the site and that pest control continue during the work, with periodic reviews.
A site map must be used to establish baiting points and bait boxes must be laid in locations of potential rat activity, and a pest control company must be employed.
Cathal Dockery of Westpest told the Galway City Tribune: “At the moment, I’m doing a lot of work in that area with sewer rats. The rat population is high. As soon as they disturb that site, there will be issues.”

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

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Work/live units form part of new Galway City affordable housing project

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Five ‘live/work’ units form part of the design of a new affordable and social housing development planned for Ballybane.

The mixed development unanimously approved by city councillors this week will provide 103 apartments and houses in the Coillte Mhuirlinne estate.

A total of 85 homes will be affordable, although the details of how much they will cost to purchase have yet to be decided. The remaining 20%, or 18 units, will be social housing. Some €4.6 million in Government funding has already been approved for the social housing aspect of the plan.

Included in the design of the housing development is a ‘live/work’ element.

The Council’s Acting Director of Services for Housing, Tom Prendergast, explained that the ground floor of the five live/work three-storey units would contain an office, retail or commercial unit for service providers with three-bedroom maisonettes over the next two floors.

“It would be envisioned that these five units would be small-scale businesses run by the occupants living above.

“There would be little passing trade for any commerciality of these units so we would envisage small local services similar to a hairdresser, accountant, physiotherapist would occupy these units as an extension of ‘working from home’,” the report to city councillors said.

Mr Prendergast said the concept was similar to people living over their shops in towns and city centres. A crèche will also be built close to the commercial units.

Mayor of Galway, Colette Connolly, said she hoped lessons were learned from the previous commercial property development in Ballybane where units “were empty for 15 years” and some public bodies could not afford the rents.

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