“A blight on the local landscape” and a haven for criminal activity and anti-social behaviour that need to be tackled and dealt with immediately.
This is the view of Fine Gael city councillor John Walsh on former Corrib Great Southern site, who has issued correspondence to the Comer Group, the property company led by Galway-born developers Luke and Brian Comer, requesting immediate action be taken to develop or remediate the site.
Cllr Walsh understands that the proprietors are in the process of finalising a planning application for the property, which he says, “will address these problems once and for all”.
Since the building closed in 2007 it has fallen into disrepair and locals now regard it as an eyesore. “This is a site that’s central to the character of the area,” said Cllr Walsh. “It has become a terrible blight on the local landscape.”
According to the Galway City East councillor, several fires have taken place in the former hotel. “If something is not done, it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt,” he said.
Cllr Walsh is now urging the proprietors to finalise the planning application “as soon as possible” so this landmark land can “once again be an asset for the locality rather than an eyesore and liability”.