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GAA ignores call to revise Pearse Stadium floodlights plan



GAA ignores call to revise floodlights plan

The GAA has ignored Galway City Council requests to revise their plans for floodlights at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, claiming there is “no justification” to scale back proposals.

In a submission to planners, the County Board also refused to omit a proposed lighting mast at the centre of the stadium on the Dr Mannix Road side.

The Council had demanded a series of revisions to the plans, including the reduction of the height of the floodlight masts, and that one be omitted entirely.

Meanwhile, the GAA says it has secured almost 4,500 parking spaces at the Aras in Salthill, Scoil Einde, Colaiste Einde, St Mary’s, T O’Higgins in Shantalla, South Park, Moneenageisha, Thermo King, Trappers Inn, Mervue School, GMIT and Castlegar Hurling Club.

“We believe that planning permission should be granted in this instance. The lighting proposed is within acceptable levels in terms of light spill, sky glow and glare.

“There is also no justification for an alternative lighting arrangement to be provided. We believe further that there is no justification for reducing the height of the southern columns,” the GAA said.

They added: “The limit on the total number of occasions that the lights will be used are extremely generous. There will be no more than 12 occasions per year that the lights will be used.”

The lights will not be used during training, or after 10pm.

The submission adds that the middle ‘column’ on the Dr Mannix Road side is required to keep light spill to “reasonable and acceptable levels” for residents on the road, and could be erected and taken down for each match.

“We do not believe that the local authority’s request that the southern mast be lowered is justified for any reason, not least for spill or visual intrusion purposes.

“More than enough carparking is now proposed to meet expected demand for floodlit matches. The proposed excess in parking provision is now complemented by a proved and successfully operated Park and Ride system,” the submission reads.

Planners previously expressed “serious concerns” about the plans and the ability of the site to absorb the impacts of floodlights, and that the proposal to erect and dismantle a mast is “impracticable”.

It came as the owners of three nearby carparks withdrew their offer for them to be used on match days – amid claims by local residents that the GAA deliberately provided false information to secure usage consents.

The application is for three 30.5 metre high columns and two 36.5m high columns, each of which will have between 33 and 40 lighting fixtures.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

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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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

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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