Council collects derelict site levies on former Corrib Great Southern

Galway Daily news Corrib Great Southern derelict levy

Galway City Council has collected substantial levies from the owners of the former Corrib Great Southern for being a derelict site.

Councillor Alan Cheevers said that the council has received approximately €400,000 in relation to the past two years.

The Derelict Sites Act allows local authorities to impose a levy of up to 7 percent of a site’s value where it has been left in a derelict condition.

Councillor Cheevers said that the hotel has been a “serious eyesore” for the city for some time, and a source of worse problems.

“It has been a constant source and location for serious anti-social behavior, including trespass and setting of fires.”

“It has been the bane of the lives of local residents for far too long, and I am delighted that Galway City Council has now finally collected these fines.”

The Fianna Fáil Cllr said that he has requested that funds from the fines be ring-fenced for projects in the east side of Galway City.

Demolition work is currently underway at thensite of the former Corrib Great Southern, which is owned by the billionaire Comer Brothers.