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Campervans banned from Kinvara Pier

posted Feb 27, 2013, 4:17 PM by site admin   [ updated Feb 27, 2013, 4:22 PM ]

Galway County Council is to prohibit campervans from staying overnight at Kinvara Pier, following a “significant number” of complaints from local residents in the tourist town.

Residents had complained that campervans were a “constant feature” in the area during the summertime, the town’s two festival weekends, Fleadh na gCuach in May and Cruinniu na mBád in August, and to a lesser extent throughout the year, some staying for a few weeks at a time. 

Under current legislation, a local authority can prohibit the erection or retention of temporary dwellings, including campervans, if it considers that such dwellings would be “prejudicial to public health or the amenities of the locality or would interfere to an unreasonable extent with traffic on any road”. 

Following local discussions, councillors agreed to proceed with the introduction of a prohibition order at Monday’s meeting of Galway County Council. Temporary dwellings will now be banned in and around the pier area and along Mendon Street and Barrack Street in the town from 9pm to 8am “in the interests of preservation of the amenities of the locality”. Anyone convicted of contravening the order will be liable for a fine, and a further fine for each day the offence is continued.

This story of Kinvara Pier in Galway has been going on a few years now, a related article from Nov 2011 can be found hear and is intresting reading.