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Masterplan meeting on future of Kingston public lands

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The people of Knocknacarra have been urged to input into a ‘master plan’ for a site earmarked for recreation.

Consultants have been hired by Galway City Council to develop a framework plan for recreational and amenity lands at Kingston.

They have been tasked with carrying out a review and design of how to best use the Council-owned 12-acre site adjacent to St John the Apostle National School.

It is the only site in Kingston earmarked for recreation – most of the remaining land is zoned for housing and commercial use at the adjacent ‘Kenny land’.

The need for a new public park to serve that part of the western suburb was identified eight years ago.

Since 2008, it has been included in each of the city’s development plans and local area plans.

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds, Land Planning and Design Consultants have now been asked to draw up a framework plan, and are hosting a public consultation session next Wednesday, June 15.

The morning session at Knocknacarra Community Centre is for organisations identified as ‘stakeholders’, with slots for St John the Apostle NS, Salthill/Knocknacarra GAA Club, Knocknacarra FC and Galway Hockey Club.

In the afternoon, from 2pm to 4pm, the session is open to the public who are invited to offer their views on the framework plans.

Residents living near the site haven’t been identified by the consultants as stakeholders. But local area councillor Donal Lyons has urged the people of Clybaun Court, Glenvale Court, Kingston Gardens, Gort Siar, White Oaks and Altan to make sure their voices are heard during this consultation phase.

“I am disappointed that the residents haven’t been included as stakeholders but I would urge them to attend the consultation and to give their views on how the recreational and amenity lands should be used. It is important that the views of people living in the area are taken on board, whatever those views may be,” he said.

For more on this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

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Work/live units form part of new Galway City affordable housing project

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Five ‘live/work’ units form part of the design of a new affordable and social housing development planned for Ballybane.

The mixed development unanimously approved by city councillors this week will provide 103 apartments and houses in the Coillte Mhuirlinne estate.

A total of 85 homes will be affordable, although the details of how much they will cost to purchase have yet to be decided. The remaining 20%, or 18 units, will be social housing. Some €4.6 million in Government funding has already been approved for the social housing aspect of the plan.

Included in the design of the housing development is a ‘live/work’ element.

The Council’s Acting Director of Services for Housing, Tom Prendergast, explained that the ground floor of the five live/work three-storey units would contain an office, retail or commercial unit for service providers with three-bedroom maisonettes over the next two floors.

“It would be envisioned that these five units would be small-scale businesses run by the occupants living above.

“There would be little passing trade for any commerciality of these units so we would envisage small local services similar to a hairdresser, accountant, physiotherapist would occupy these units as an extension of ‘working from home’,” the report to city councillors said.

Mr Prendergast said the concept was similar to people living over their shops in towns and city centres. A crèche will also be built close to the commercial units.

Mayor of Galway, Colette Connolly, said she hoped lessons were learned from the previous commercial property development in Ballybane where units “were empty for 15 years” and some public bodies could not afford the rents.

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