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Locals fear improvements plan for South Park may be shelved

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Date Published: 23-May-2011

By Bernie Ní Fhlatharta

Local people fear that long term plans to enhance South Park will be put on the long finger now that it has been re-opened to the public.

The park, which was closed five years ago after the discovery of metal contamination in the soil, is now open for business, according to Galway City Council.

But the Claddagh Residents’ Association says it can’t believe the public amenity could be re-opened when no remedial works have been carried out.

Galway City Council confirmed that the decision to re-open the park had been taken following the all clear from the HSE.

Signs had been posted on fencing at the park warning people it was a hazardous area and not to use it, but a Council spokesman said that those signs are now being taken down and that the fencing will eventually be taken down.

The spokesman stressed that the HSE considered the area safe for public use but that the Council was still waiting for a remediation plan from consultants.

Part of South Park was closed off after an NUIG geologist, Dr Chaosheng Zhang, discovered toxic levels of lead, arsenic and zinc just underneath the soil.

The area was cordoned off while further tests were carried out and for public safety was closed so that remedial works could be carried out by the Council. However, no works were ever carried out in South Park in the past five years.

The contamination is believed to have been caused by industrial waste dumped there before the area was developed as a public amenity.

But the Council spokesman said that once the HSE was satisfied that they had started the process of amelioration, the ban could be lifted.

Councillor Catherine Connolly, who is also a local resident, said that her fear now was that once the park was fully opened again, the masterplan would be “put on the long finger”.

“We were aghast to hear the park was re-opened and considered safe again because as far as we know, no work has ever been carried out there.

“Then the top soil approach was looked at but it was decided to put together a masterplan for the whole area and put that on public display before carrying out any works on the toxic parts of the park.

“As this is a flooding area, we had concerns about putting top soil down. I would be very concerned that it has now been put on the long finger,” she added.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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