Application for new Galway Docks Development currently before An Bord Pleanála.
In this regard there will a short Public Information Meeting on Thursday the 6th March in the Claddagh Snooker Hall at 7pm.
Press Statement: 4th March 2014
Councillor Catherine Connolly said she will be attending a short public information meeting in the Claddagh Residents Snooker Hall on Thursday the 6th March at 7pm organized by the Claddagh Residents Association.
The purpose of the meeting she said will be to alert residents to the nature of the proposed docks development and the procedure for making submissions and the time limits involved.
In this regard she said submissions from the public must be in writing and must be sent to An Bord Pleanála in Dublin on or before 5.30pm on Tuesday the 11th March 2014.
Unfortunately she said there is a cost of 50 Euro per submission but it is vitally important that people would be aware of the nature of the proposed development and also have their say.
Furthermore it is important to note that this planning application is not being considered by the City Council in the first instance but going straight to An Bord Pleanala as a Strategic Infrastructure Development.
There will however be a special meeting of the City Council in March where City Councillors can make observations on the proposed Docks Development and these observations will then form part of a report going back to An Bord Pleanala.
Again it is important she said that the public make their views known to the City Councillors.
Councillor Connolly also said that given the nature and size of the proposed development it would be essential that an Oral Hearing take place in Galway and she will be calling on An Bord Pleanala to hold an oral hearing when the special meeting of the City Council takes place.
To date she said the concerns raised by the Claddagh Residents have been primarily related to the danger of increased flooding if the scale of the development including a new quay goes ahead.