City Council puts in extra bins and toilets ahead of bank holiday weekend

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Galway City Council has installed additional bins and toilets in key areas of the city ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

The council has taken measures to install additional facilities for people to dispose of rubbish following recent scenes at the Spanish Arch and elsewhere, and in anticipation of the return of outdoor dining next week.

An additional eleven large bins with an 1,100L capacity have been installed around the city to help cope with increased rubbish as people enjoy an outdoor summer.

Three of these are at Spanish Arch, two are at High Bank, another two can be found at Woodquay/Riverside, and one each have been placed at Claddagh Church, Jurys Inn, Ravens Terrace, and Claddagh Hall.

Another six 240L wheelie bins have been placed along the Eglinton Canal, and from Saturday, six of the same will be placed at Ballyloughane Beach, and two will be located in the Small Crane area

These complement the seven permanent 1,100L capacity bins which were already in place around the city.

Along with bins, the city Council has also installed additional toilets, including wheelchair accessible facilities, at Spanish Arch, Ravens Terrace, Toft Park, Mill St Car Park, Ballyloughane Beach, Woodquay/Waterside, South Park, and Small Crane.

The Council said that adding these additional public facilities will help create “attractive, co-ordinated and managed” areas in the city for the summer outdoor dining plans.

The council is pedestrianising numerous streets around the city on a full time or evening basis this summer to encourage outdoor dining.

“Areas are being created in these spaces that will facilitate businesses for outdoor dining, but will also be developed further in the next phases with additional urban animation measures that will encourage families to safely and comfortably dine, enjoy, and spend time in the public realm”.