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‘Garish’ shopfronts raise the hackles of environmentalists

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Date Published: 16-Jun-2011

BY FRANK FARRAGHER

AN TAISCE have called on the City Council to strictly enforce planning laws as regards ‘garish shopfronts’ located right in the heart of the city’s main shopping area.

Derrick Hambleton, Chairman of An Taisce, Galway, said this week that it appeared the City Council had ‘no standards’ as regards the painting of shop facades.

There was controversy earlier this month over what was described as a ‘shocking pink’ painted on an adult shop frontage on William Street called the Pink Feather.

The shop located on the first floor of the old Carpenter’s Menswear Shop is on top of another shop painted in canary yellow.

“This amounts to reckless neglect of our city streetscape with garish signage and lower order shops allowed to proliferate.

“The failure of the City Council to enforce the existing planning laws has dragged the city down. Poor quality shopfronts are becoming an increasing problem city wide but are most pronounced in the historic core of Galway,” said Mr. Hambleton.

A spokesman for Galway City Council said: “Our planners and inspectors will be looking at any shopfronts or buildings that do not meet with the standards laid down.”

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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