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Higher planning board rules out pay and display Salthill car park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A second attempt to complete and retain a temporary car park at the site of the old Sacre Coeur hotel in Salthill has failed.
Last year, the city council rejected plans by Rockport Limited for a temporary pay & display car park at Lenaboy Gardens.
This decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála, which has now upheld the refusal of the city council.
Rockport Limited wanted to complete and retain the 61 space car park and associated site development works at the former Sacre Coeur hotel site for a period of 5 years.
The city council refused to grant planning permission as part of the site is zoned residential.
In an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, the company argued that the site is adjacent to the commercial core of Salthill and would represent a vast improvement for the residential amenities of the area.
However, the higher planning board also found that the retention of the pay & display car park would be incompatible with the zoning objective for the area.
As a result the board states that it would have a negative impact on the amenities of adjoining properties.

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Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.

Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.

But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.

Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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