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Galway Harbour Company Announces Details of their Public Consultation Process


On Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st of Jan the Galway Harbour Company is making details of their impending proposed development of the Port of Galway available to the general public.
The 2 day event will happen at Galway Harbour on the Centre Pier building. The consultants involved, along with senior personnel from Galway Harbour Company will be available from 2pm – 8pm on Friday the 21st and from 12noon – 6 pm on Sat 22nd. Members of the public are invited to come along to view and discuss the proposed development, as well as provide feedback and opinion for further consideration prior to the formal application for planning to An Bord Pleanala in mid-April.
Speaking about the public consultation process Harbour CEO Eamon Bradshaw said he was looking forward to the process, to meet with the public and to listen to their views on the proposed development. He went on to say “that Galway Harbour Company have always endeavoured to keep the public abreast of all details pertaining to the proposed development via the company website. He believes that the public consultation process will provide an opportunity for the public to interact with members of the Harbour executive as well as the main consultants involved so that any and all technical queries can be addressed and dealt with” According to Mr Bradshaw the vast majority of Galwegians support the proposed development and in particular its long – term positive benefits for the city and county.”
In September 2010 Galway Harbour Company announced details of their revised development which includes achieving the overall project in four stages. This decision is based on finding a balance between the current economic climate and the immediate requirements of the Port. Stage 1 will allow the construction of a sheltered quay of 660metres and make provision for a turning circle for some of the world’s largest cruise liners and tankers. This stage will allow the Port to sustain and grow its current core business and is essential to the current operating needs of the Port. It is estimated that the cost of achieving stage 1 will be circa €50m and will be funded by the Galway Harbour Company. Stages 2 & 3 will allow the provision of a rail link to accommodate rail freight and the construction of a quay for the inshore fishing fleet. Stage four makes provision for the development of a western marina that will be capable of berthing 216 leisure craft. Completion of all four stages is estimated for 2017 and will future proof the maritime requirements of the Port of Galway.

   
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