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Salthill’s Summer Garden is no bed of roses as locals object

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The Summer Garden on the site of the former Galway Driving Range, just past the Prom.

THE City Council have confirmed this week that ‘warning letters’ have been sent to the event organisers of the Galway Summer Garden event in the Salthill area, following complaints from local residents.

In a statement issued to the Galway City Tribune, a spokesperson for the City Council said that ‘warning letters’ had been issued to the event organisers and to the property owners.

The spokesperson added that responses were now awaited from both parties – last week, seven residents in mobile homes close to the Galway Summer Garden, issued a statement complaining of noise levels at the event.

The Galway Summer Garden event, which has been running since early July, offers 30 ‘luxury bell tents’ on the site of the former Galway Driving Range that can be booked by groups of up to six people for an afternoon or evening.

Those who book the tents can also order food and drinks delivered specifically to each group – all tents have their own individual designated toilet areas. Entertainment is provided by DJs, buskers and other performers.

However, in a response to the statement from the local residents, Maria Moynihan Lee of Milestone Inventive – organisers of the Galway Summer Garden – described the complaints as ‘without basis and vexatious’.

She said that ambient noise from the event was 58DB (decibels) while the ‘noise’ produced by the musicians only reached 64DB. “A nuisance level of noise is defined as 80DB and above,” said Maria Moynihan Lee.

In a statement issued to the Galway City Tribune, she said that this ‘noise’ did not go on for 40 hours per week, as claimed, but for a maximum of 20.

The statement also pointed out that while the complainants had not communicated with the organisers directly, they [Milestone Inventive] had taken seriously the ‘indirect approaches’ and had taken steps to deal with them [the issues raised].

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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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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