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€11m hotel plan shot down for ‘poor architectural quality’

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Planners have rejected a proposal to build a new 84-bedroom hotel at Victoria Place in the city centre, describing the design as “poor architectural quality” and failing to comply with fire safety regulations.

Galway hotelier Ricky Byrne has sought permission for the €11 million scheme, involving the demolition of the former snooker club beside his Victoria Hotel to make way for a hotel with six floors of accommodation over ground floor and basement.

The plans included a total of 215 bed spaces in 84 en suite rooms, as well as a lobby, kitchen, dining hall and café on the ground floor, with basement storage.

However, planners have rejected the application outright, ruling it would have a negative impact on the area.

“The overall poor design, including the scale, massing, height and low-quality visual appearance of the proposed hotel, the resultant expression onto the city centre streetscape, the unacceptable interface with the neighbouring protected structures, the adjacent Eyre Square and City Centre Architectural Conservation Areas and the lack of an acceptable form of infill into the streetscape context all contribute to the unacceptable nature of the development.

“This is exacerbated by the use of poor quality architectural forms, including a highly visual, dominant, triple mansard roof, an expansive blank side elevation, along with use of poor quality architectural materials, providing for an unacceptable design resolution for the site.

“The proposal would in its totality result in a negative impact on the unique character and visual amenity of the city centre area,” planners said.

They added that the scheme would be larger than what would normally be acceptable on such a sized site, and an exception could not be considered “as the proposal is of such poor architectural quality”.

The hotel is within the Galway City Zone of Archaeological Potential, and no information was submitted on the development’s potential impact on this.

The Council added that Mr Byrne failed to submit any information with regard to traffic and pedestrian safety, and in the absence of this, it was not possible to ensure a hazard would not result.

It was also pointed out that the development does not comply with fire safety regulations with regards to means of escape, access for firefighting and ventilation, therefore giving rise to concerns of public health and safety.

According to Mr Byrne – who also operates the Salthill Hotel and Eyre Square Hotel – the development would have represented an investment of around €10.7 million and had the potential to create more than 100 full and part-time jobs.

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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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Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
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