Galway City Mayor Terry O’Flaherty has called on Mervue residents and St James’ GAA Club to get together to talk about plans to extend the club.
Approximately 170 individual objections to the club’s plans for a new pitch were received recently, with new floodlighting and high fences the biggest concern for residents.
Mayor O’ Flaherty is now urging the GAA club to meet the residents and to come to a resolution in relation to their proposed planning application.
Cllr O’Flaherty, who lives in the area, said that many residents living in close proximity to the proposed development have expressed “a lot of anger” over the new plans at the St James’ facility.
And, while she said she has “nothing but admiration for the invaluable work done by the club for the youth and GAA supporters of the area”, she said club officials should have consulted the residents before submitting their plans.
“The scale of what is being sought is vast and must have the support of the community if it is to succeed and in view of the depth of opposition.”
“I would therefore ask the St James’ club officials to defer their application pending further discussion with the residents,” she added.
While recognising the benefits of the club in the community, Mayor O’Flaherty said that if both parties fail to come to an agreement, it would be very difficult to support the St James’ application as it now stands.
The planning proposal will come under the scrutiny of the city council on 10 September and will require a majority vote from the 15 members if it is to be passed.