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Oral hearing told €100m Docks plan a “game-changer” for Galway

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Galway City Council – The planned Bonham Quay development at the Docks will be a catalyst for future economic growth in the city, an oral hearing was told this week – as An Bord Pleanála considers the decision of Galway City Council to grant planning permission for Gerry Barrett’s €100 million office development.

Having been granted permission in October last year, six appeals were made to An Bord Pleanála – the higher planning authority must now decide if the project can proceed.

Chartered Planning Consultant for Bonham Dock Ltd, Stephen Little, said the development was a viable project that would rejuvenate the one area of the city still “crying out to be developed”.

“It’s a game-changer for Galway,” Mr Little told An Bord Pleanála Planning Inspector Bríd Maxwell.

“It will provide various ground floor activities including shops, cafés and restaurants generating footfall and bring people to the waterfront – and it will deliver and architecturally designed building for Galway.”

Four of the six appellants at the hearing cited serious concerns that the proposed development failed to meet the requirement for residential property – as set out in Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023.

The City Development Plan states that, in certain areas including the inner harbour, “a higher residential content of 30 per cent will be required”.

As the application for Bonham Quay includes four office blocks and no residential buildings, appellant Tom Conroy contested that this was in contravention of the Development Plan.

Speaking on Mr Conroy’s behalf, engineer Peter Butler, said this would be a poor precedent to set.

“The only rationale for building offices [in lieu of residential units] is financial return; that is not good urban design,” said Mr Butler.

Mr Little said the framework plan for the site had identified a more suitable adjacent site for residential use – on former CIE lands.

This, he said, was totally in keeping with the provisions as set down by the City Development Plan.
For full coverage of the three-day oral hearing, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
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