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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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Citylink announces new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Citylink has announced new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle.

The move will see the addition of two new early morning routes to the existing Loughrea service.

They’ll depart from Loughrea at 7.25am and 8.10am on weekdays.

There’ll also be a completely new service for Kilrickle, which will provide 8 daily departures to Galway City.

The new services will commence from Monday.

Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this positive development reflects the huge demand in the local area.

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Galway TD urges Government to pay heed to new report on regeneration of towns and villages

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to pay heed to a new report on the regeneration of towns and villages across the country.

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly has published the report, entitled “Regional Vacancy and Dereliction Analysis”.

It outlines how almost 50 thousand residential and commercial properties are empty in the West, North-West and Border areas.

It also notes that more than 70 percent of towns and villages in the region have a residential vacancy rate above the national average.

In Galway City, there are more than 1 thousand vacant properties, of which almost 700 are commercial, while over 400 are residential.

Deputy Sean Canney says the Government must get serious about providing incentives to encourage people to purchase derelict properties.

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Works to transform Martin Roundabout into signal junction to get underway next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A major upgrade of the Martin Roundabout near Galway Clinic will get underway next week. (24/1)

The works will see the roundabout converted into a 4-arm signal-controlled junction.

The Martin Roundabout is located on the eastern outskirts of Galway City at the intersection of the R446 dual carriageway and Old Dublin Road.

The project will transform the existing roundabout to a 4-arm signal-controlled junction, with the addition of cycle lanes, bus priority measures, footpaths and associated landscaping.

Construction is set to get underway on Monday morning and it’s expected works will take around 6 months to complete.

There will be significant traffic management measures in place during the scheme, which will be carried out in several phases.

Galway City Council says delays to traffic flow are anticipated, but disruption will be minimised as much as possible.

Fox Building and Engineering Ltd have been appointed to carry out the works – and detailed information on the project can be view at GalwayCity.ie.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Alan Cheevers said he’s fully in support of the development, particularly the additional footpaths and cycle lanes.

However, he also hopes that lessons have been learned from the mistakes made with the Kirwan Junction.

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