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N59 protest plan could bring Galway City to a standstill

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The controversy holding up the upgrade of the N59 in Connemara is set to stretch to Galway City – and may leave traffic chaos in its wake.

A go-slow by a number of large vehicles from a location in the city going towards Connemara was one of the tactics agreed upon at a meeting in Maam Cross this week.

This deliberate slowdown of traffic  is being planned by the N59 Action Group which was formed following the refusal by an Bord Pleanála to permit a major upgrade of the road from Maam Cross to Clifden.

The N59 impasse is compounded by a further hold-up in the development of the section from Oughterard to Maam Cross; this has happened because the National Parks and Wildlife Service will not agree to the work methodology even though there is development permission from an Bord Pleanála, for that section.

The protest involving the clogging up of traffic in the city is a significant escalation of the campaign; this move on the western approaches is pencilled in for the coming weeks.  Precise times have not yet been confirmed but a November date looks likely.

A protest walk from Oughterard to Clifden is also planned for the weekend of November 5-6 to highlight the condition of the N59 which is the main road from Galway to Clifden and north from there to Leenane and County Mayo.

The Maam Cross meeting also arranged to have further signings of petitions at two large events in Connemara later this month – the Maam Cross October Fair and the Pony Sales at the Clifden Mart.   It is also planned to have a big social occasion in Maam Cross nearer to Christmas in order to bolster the campaign.

Josie Conneely, one of the people who initiated the N59 Action Campaign, said the time for meetings and talk was now over and that the effort would focus on stronger public action.

“There is no way that we are going to yield to any sort of half job on the N59”, he said.  “We must have a proper road and the people of Connemara deserve that.  It’s beyond belief that we are being denied a road that is so badly needed.”

While contacts are in progress between Galway County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland about “overlay” work on part of the section from Oughterard to Maam Cross, this has been described by sources in the Action Group as little more than “a scrape of tar and chips” – they say this is only an excuse for a complete upgrade that would be long lasting and safe.

The organisational meeting organised by the Action Group in Maam Cross was attended by Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and Councillors Joe Folan and Thomas Healy.

The N59 controversy is due to come up again at a meeting of the Dáil and Seanad Committee on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht next week.  Public representative from Galway are likely to attend that meeting.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway

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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

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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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Councillors divided over vote on Salthill Prom cycleway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to install a temporary two-way cycle lane along Salthill Promenade hangs in the balance, with city councillors split ahead of a vote next week.

On Monday night, the 18 city councillors will discuss Mayor Colette Connolly’s motion that the lane be installed on the coastal side of the road from Blackrock to a point opposite Galway Business School.

A poll of the councillors carried out by the Galway City Tribune yesterday found nine in favour of the proposal, with one indicating they will abstain. A simple majority is required and if there is a 9-9 split, the Mayor holds a ‘casting’ vote, effectively a second vote.

There has been a flurry of lobbying by cycling campaigners urging councillors to vote in favour, as well as some complaints from residents worried it will again impinge on their parking as visitors to Salthill seek somewhere to park up while they swim or walk along the most utilised resource the city has.

During lockdown, Gardaí removed parking on the Prom to deter people from gathering in a public space. This resulted in motorists blocking driveways and entering private estates, leading one estate off Threadneedle Road to hire a private clamping company.

Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) believes there are a maximum of 250 spaces that would be lost to the project on one side of the road as currently proposed, including seven disabled spaces, which could be reassigned close by.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read extensive coverage of the issue and to see how each councillor intends to vote, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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