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Lidl launches fresh bid for new supermarket

Enda Cunningham

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An architect's impression of the proposed new Lidl off the Western Distributor Road at Bóthar Stiofáin.

Supermarket giant Lidl has launched a fourth attempt to build a new store in Knocknacarra.

The company has submitted plans to Galway City Council for a new one and two-storey building on their 1.5-acre site off the junction of the Western Distributor Road with Bóthar Stiofáin – beside rivals Aldi.

Earlier this year, An Bord Pleanála overturned a Council grant of permission on the site, branding it a “monolithic and poor quality development” and that it would not provide the necessary landmark building for such a prominent site.

Lidl went back to the drawing board and has now sought permission for a one and two-storey building with a total floor area of almost 2,700 square metres.

It will include a supermarket with off licence area; a café/restaurant; a barber shop; nail bar and physiotherapy clinic.

The vehicular entrance will be from the unnamed link road off Bóthar Stiofáin, with pedestrian entrances on Bóthar Stiofáin and onto the Western Distributor Road. Parking is provided for 87 cars and eight bicycles.

According to the company, the design of the building has been “thoroughly altered” since the rejected plans and now includes a first floor area.

“The proposed development is significantly enhance in terms of the provision of a streetscape and could not, in our opinion, be considered as substandard . . . [it] will provide a strong feature of architectural quality to the Western Distributor Road and the junction in question, this addressing the concerns of the Board in their previous decision,” the application reads.
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Huge reward for ‘dognap’ – as canine companion dies of broken heart

Denise McNamara

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James with Biggy, Poopie and Little One

Galway City Tribune – Galway’s most famous dog, Biggy the Irish Wolfhound, has “died of a broken heart” after his Jack Russell best mate was the victim of a suspected ‘dognap’ – which led to the owner putting up a €20,000 reward.

Following a social media campaign which went viral, Biggy was famously reunited with his family 11 days after he went missing in 2013. He was discovered on the motorway outside Athenry.

Nine years later, James Leopold Mechels has erected hundreds of posters all over the city and suburbs in a desperate bid to find the ageing Jack Russell he calls ‘Little One’.

The Belgian native recently increased a reward for the return of his beloved pooch from €1,000 to €20,000. But so far, no credible sightings have been made.

“He’s been missing for 3,288 hours – 137 days, I’m so exhausted, so upset, so anxious. I’ve stopped working to focus all of my effort into finding him. I’ve cycled all over the city, I’ve driven to the horse fair in Ballinasloe,” James told the Galway City Tribune this week.
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■ Anybody with information is asked to call 087 0650678 or Ark Vets on 091 584185.

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Row deepens over Tiny Traders market

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Galway City Tribune – The row between the Tiny Traders Village and Galway Arts Centre – the operators of Nuns’ Island Theatre – deepened this week as the Arts Centre announced its intentions to open its own market on the site.

Manager of the Tiny Traders Village, Paul David Murphy, has claimed this was proof that it was always Galway Arts Centre, and its Managing Director, Páraic Breathnach’s, intention to “force” them out, adding that he had felt under constant threat of being shut down.

“It did come as a bit of a shock, but it was something I was expecting,” said Mr Murphy of a post on social media announcing that a new market would open.

“It’s now obvious that they were trying to get rid of us and I can’t believe how transparent they’ve been. Up until this point, there had been a little degree of mystery as to why this happened. It’s sad because the Tiny Traders Village was working really well.”

This comes following a decision by the Tiny Traders to cease trading two weeks ago, citing changes that Galway Arts Centre had requested that Mr Murphy said would have made his business “unviable”.

Speaking to the Galway City Tribune this week, Páraic Breathnach confirmed that they had requested changes – involving layout alterations and clearance – but this had been done due to health and safety concerns.

“There were changes requested to comply with fire regulations, safety and health. They were in relation to the blocking of pathways, the blocking of fire exits, clearance between stalls and the affixing of canopies to a listed building,” said Mr Breathnach.
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Call for Gardaí to confiscate vehicles involved in fly-tipping

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Children's toys, a bed and a cot amongst an illegal dumping site in Ballybane

Galway City Tribune –  confiscation of vehicles – and driver disqualification – have been sought by a Galway TD and a local councillor for those involved in illegal dumping.

According to Independent TD, Noel Grealish and Independent councillor, Noel Larkin, illegal dumping on the east side of Galway City has now reached ‘an all-time high’.

Last week, Deputy Grealish and Cllr Larkin, met with Climate Action and Environment Minister, Richard Bruton, to seek new measures cracking down on those involved in illegal dumping.

“I asked Minister Bruton to introduce legislation that would result in driver disqualification for persons convicted of illegal dumping while using a vehicle. I am also seeking for the introduction of legislation that will give judges the power to order the confiscation of vehicles used for illegal dumping,” said Deputy Grealish.

The Gardaí and Galway City and Council Councils have now been asked to establish an ‘all-county initiative’ to tackle the problem.

This year, Galway City Council was allocated just €50,000 from a €7.4m Government fund to tackle illegal dumping – the lowest figure of any local authority in the country.
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