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Council orders redesign of planned €130m Doughiska development

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Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has expressed a series of concerns over traffic and road safety, parking, noise, and overlooking, in the proposed €130 million hotel, office, apartment and leisure centre development in Doughiska.

The Fire Authority also notified the project’s backers that it does not comply with current fire safety regulations.

The local authority has told the developers to redesign extensive tranches of the commercial and residential elements of the scheme, giving them six months to make a further submission.

Questions were also raised over whether the residential element is proposed to be part of a ‘Build-to-Rent’ long-term rental housing scheme.

The ‘Evolution Gateway Galway’ scheme – located on a seven-acre site alongside Sraith Fhada off the Coolagh roundabout will include 100,000 square feet of office space, 143 apartments and a 122-bedroom hotel with adjoining suites providing another 24 bed spaces.

It will also feature a gym, six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, tennis court, astro turf pitches, creche and a café, with a mix of under-croft and multi-storey parking.

However, city planners have raised a series of concerns about the two planning applications which were lodged by Evolution Asset Holdings, which is headed by Michael Pender, formerly of the Kenny Group.

The Council pointed out that that the applicant failed to submit any assessment with regard to the implications for the additional traffic that will be created, and have sought a Traffic and Transport Assessment, as well as a Road Safety Audit.

The local authority noted that in the entire development, there was only one vehicle access point, beside an apartment block, and given the volume of traffic entering the site during the day and night, it posed a serious concern with regard to residential amenity.

They also noted: “The proposed development is car-focused and lacks sufficient pedestrian and cycle priority” and asked that the plans be revised to give pedestrians priority.”
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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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