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Landowners along Galway Outer Bypass route in limbo as CPOs fall



Land owners on the failed Galway City Outer Bypass have been dealt the worst possible hand – not only will they not be paid but their property has been frozen for the foreseeable future.

Galway County Council have informed land owners along the route that while compulsory purchase orders have been lapsed, they cannot dispose of their property.

It means that property owners along the proposed route of the bypass will not receive any money for their lands but are also prevented from doing anything with their property in the event of it proceeding in the future.

There are almost a dozen houses affected along the route and all of these owners were expecting to be relocated. Now they have been told that this will not happen but yet they are not allowed sell their dwellings.

It is a ‘limbo-land’ situation for the owners of the land along the route of the route of the Galway City Outer Bypass as they has been informed that compulsory purchase orders on their properties have now lapsed.

Deputy Noel Grealish said that the land owners affected were hit with a double blow in that they would not be paid for the lands which were compulsory purchased and were now told that they could not do anything with these properties.

“It is disgraceful that people cannot sell lands or houses along this route now that they have been told that there will be no bypass built around the city,” Deputy Grealish added.

The project – estimated to cost in the region of €300 million – suffered a serious setback last year when the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, ruled that the eastern segment of the project would have an adverse environmental impact on the site.

Over four years previously, An Bord Pleanála, had turned down an application for the western part of the project on environmental grounds mentioning the effect it would have on bog cotton flora.

Now Galway County Council have written to the individual property owners along the route informing them that as a consequence of this ruling, the compulsory purchase orders will now lapse.

But yet they will not be allowed to dispense with any property that had been the subject of a compulsory purchase order – it means that any lands or houses affected by the route will have no value.

Deputy Grealish said that while the outer bypass for the city was knocked, it should not have a lingering effect for the land owners who were the subject of compulsory purchase orders.

“There is no way that people’s lands and houses should be tied up in this manner. They are effectively frozen from doing anything with the property that they own without getting any compensation for this,” Deputy Grealish added

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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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