Galway Bay fm newsroom – The rejection of plans for a temporary pay and display car park at the site of the former Sacre Coeur Hotel in Salthill has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
Rockport Limited was refused temporary planning permission for the car park at Lenaboy Gardens.
The company wanted to complete and retain the car park and associated site development works at the former Sacre Coeur Hotel for a period of 5 years.
The hotel, which was destroyed by fire was demolished.
Rockport want to operate a 24-hour car park with 61 car spaces with pay & display machines, lighting and CCTV.
City planners refused permission for the car park at Lenaboy gardens as part of the site is zoned residential.
Planners state that it would be detrimental to the amenities of nearby residences and would depreciate the value of homes by being a nuisance.
In an appeal to the higher planning authority, Rockport Limited says the site is adjacent to the commercial core of Salthill, and would represent a vast improvement for the residential amenities in the area.
An Bord Pleanala is due to make a decision in December.
Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.
The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.
There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.
The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.
Calls for extra buses from Headford to city due to high numbers commuting
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for extra buses from Headford to the city with claims the service is oversubscribed.
Councillor Andrew Reddington says more people are having to commute to the city for work due to the lack of accommodation there.
Cllr Reddington has asked for extra buses for the 7.25 am service from Headford to Galway.
While he is thankful for Burkes bus who are also working at 7.50 am, he says Bus Eireann must adapt their service to meet the increased demand.
Galway Traveller Movement to protest at city council meeting next Monday
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Traveller Movement is set to protest at Galway City Council meeting next Monday.
It follows comments made during an interview on Galway Bay FM’s Galway Talks programme by councillor Michael Crowe, which he has since apologised for.
GTM is calling for the full protection of the Traveller community against inequality and discrimination by all elected representatives.
The movement is inviting the public to join them at 1:30pm outside the city council building on Monday, or to formally write a complaint to the Fianna Fáil Party and city council.
Joanna Corcoran works at GTM and is a member of the Traveller community: