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Council still harbouring grand plans for docks



Galway City Council is continuing to push for the redevelopment of Ceannt Station and the harbour area in the next City Development Plan for 2017-23, which is to be prepared this year.

And the development of the new town of Ardaun on the eastern side of the city remains a key element of the Plan.

Next week, a series of public consultation meetings will take place across the city to discuss some of the issues which will be addressed in the new Plan.

And members of the public have until March 23 to make submissions in writing on Council objectives and policies.

According to an ‘Issues Paper’ prepared by the Council – a synopsis of policy areas to be addressed in the new Plan – the local authority needs to capitalise on the Docks redevelopment and have regard for projected population increases.

“The direction for development as in the previous 2005-2011 Plan sought to focus a significant amount of development onto the east side of the city at Ardaun, to consolidate development in the newer suburbs of Knocknacarra, Castlegar and Doughiska and to capitalise on the brownfield sites at Ceannt Station and the harbour area.

Ardaun has been earmarked for an 870-acre site and will have a projected population of 18,000.

“The Headford Road area (south of the Galway Shopping Centre junction) was also designated a Local Area Plan area with the anticipation of future regeneration.

“Brownfield sites and the Headford Road area will provide for significant employment opportunities as well as residential accommodation.

“In addition, further consolidation of existing business and technology parks within the city and on the edge are considered in the Plan to address economic needs in conjunction with city centre development/expansion.

“The core strategy also gave specific consideration to future retail development and concluded that lands zoned for commercial purposes would be able to accommodate this demand,” it reads.

For more on this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune


Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain



Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain

The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir

The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete

Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.

Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.

Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square



Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.

It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.

Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.

In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.

This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.

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Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.

It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.

Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.

“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.

He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.

Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.

In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.

“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.

(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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