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Restaurant and offices plan for derelict hotel site in Salthill

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A derelict former hotel in Salthill – which has been extensively vandalised and a centre for antisocial behaviour – could become office space and a restaurant under plans by its new owners.

Tiger & Co, a property asset management company owned by Chris McGrath from The Claddagh, has sought permission to redevelop and extend the former Glendawn House Hotel in Lenaboy Gardens.

The plans include a café/restaurant over two floors – with seating for up to 70 people. There will also be external seating facing onto Lenaboy Gardens, and a balcony area.

The company plans to create an office unit to the rear of the building and use it as its headquarters – at the moment an office is being rented in Parkmore.

“Permission was granted in 2007 to convert the hotel building into a medical centre with the commercial use at lower ground level retained. Some conversion works were undertaken by the previous owner, but were not completed due to funding difficulties arising from the property crash.

“In the interim, the property has been vacant and has been broken into, vandalised, stripped down for materials by thieves and been used for drinking parties and other antisocial behaviour.

“This, combined with leaks and incomplete building works, has left the property in a derelict and structurally unstable condition.

“The proposal represents an opportunity to revitalise the property and this part of Lenaboy Gardens and hopefully will act as a catalyst for further improvements on the adjacent main street.

“The office and café areas are modest and both will act as local service centres which will complement and service Salthill and the adjacent residential area,” the application reads.

The area is zoned residential, but the owner points out there has been a long-established commercial use on the lower ground floor, and hotel use on the ground and first floor.

“The Council previously granted permission for a medical centre on this property and the current proposal aims to utilise some of the adaptation works which have taken place and save the existing structure from demolition.

“However, if the structure deteriorates further, it will not be possible to save it, and it may not be economically viable to redevelop it for many years and as such, the vacancy will prevail. We have been advised that there is no demand for a medical centre and there is an oversupply of such space in Salthill at present,” the application reads.

The property was withdrawn from auction last October at €212,000 but sold afterwards for a “substantially higher” figure. It had an Advised Minimum Value of €225,000 going to auction.

It had been bought by Charlie Boyle from Castlegar in 2001 for the equivalent of €635,000 and redevelopment works began but were never completed.

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Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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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’.

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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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)

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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