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Several appeals describe Bonham Quay plan as overbearing, unsustainable and premature

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Several appeals against a 100 million euro development at Galway Docks describe the proposed project as ‘overbearing,’ ‘unsustainable’ and ‘premature.’
The future of the Bonham Quay plan hangs in the balance, as four appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala against the City Council’s grant of permission.
The 100 million euro development would create a 26 thousand square metre office complex and public square in the heart of the city – that could accommodate almost 3 thousand workers.
The building of the complex across Dock Road, Queen Street and Bothar na Long by Gerry Barret’s company Edward Capital would also create 500 construction jobs.
In one appeal, An Taisce argues the proposed development’s lack of residential content contravenes the city development plan – and would also restrict public access to the waterfront.
It also claims the development is premature given the long term plans for Galway Harbour.
In a separate appeal, two residents of an apartment block at Forthill Street say the proposed project would be overbearing, and lead to overlooking and overshadowing of existing properties.
A third appeal by a Renmore resident outlines ten reasons why the project should be sent back to the drawing board.
These include concerns over sustainability and the lack of a master plan for lands around Ceannt Station and the inner harbour.
Finally, a fourth appeal by VP Motors Ltd at Forthill Street raises concerns over encroachment onto the company’s property, and right of way.
However, the car sales and rental firm says it is not objecting in principle to the proposed development.
An Bord Pleanala is expected to make a decision on the appeals in April.

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New Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly aims to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The new Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly is aiming to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens

The Independent councillor from City Central was elected in the last half hour through an established voting pact

Her district colleague and fellow Independent Mike Cubbard handed over his chains at the AGM of Galway City Council held in Leisureland

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Junior Heritage Minister to visit Connemara National Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will visit Connemara National Park tomorrow for a number of engagements.

Minister Noonan will visit the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack at 11.30 tomorrow morning

He will meet the staff and then launch the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.

Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.

They have assembled 56 of the remaining Cladoir. The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.

Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and the Minister will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.

Sean Cadden and Tom King, joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh will accompany Minister Noonan

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New County Cathaoirleach Peter Keaveney says more council funding is key priority

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The new Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Peter Keaveney says securing more funding for the local authority is a key priority for his year in office

The Ballinasloe area Fine Gael Councillor has just been elected, under an established voting pact, at the county council AGM being held in Glenamaddy this afternoon

He’ll succeed Athenry-Oranmore area Independent Councillor James Charity in the chair

Cathaoirleach Keaveney spoke to our reporter Paul Hyland just after his election – tune in on the hour to hear what he has to say

Meanwhile, a new Mayor of Galway will be elected later this afternoon, also through an established voting pact

Independent City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard, will hand over his chains of office at the AGM of Galway City Council being held in Leisureland this afternoon at 4.

It’s expected he’ll be succeeded in the role by his constituency colleague, Independent Councillor Collette Connolly.

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