Plans have been submitted to the county council to erect a mobile telecoms tower on the grounds of Ballinasloe GAA club to improve mobile and data coverage in the area.
Eircom is seeking planning permission to remove a 15m floodlight pole next to the club house of the GAA club, and erect a 18m high telecoms tower in its place. This will carry antennae, one dish, and a replacement floodlight.
The monopole tower would serve Eir mobile in the area, and would also have room for one other operator.
The planning application states that there will be minimal visual impact, as the tower will replace an existing floodlight.
Ballinasloe GAA club have given their consent for Eircom to make the planning application for construction on their land at Brackenagh, Ballinasloe.
One submission has been made to the county council about this application on behalf Cignal Infrastructure, noting that operate a multi-lattice telecoms tower at Poolboy Business Park 1.2km away from this proposed site.
In a response to this submission, Eircom said that they are one of the operators with equipment on that 24m tower, and plan to remain, but that there are blackspots in their coverage in Ballinasloe West which need to be addressed.
The planning application states that this tower is needed to provide mobile and date coverage for the Eir mobile network in Ballinasloe town, as well as to homes in the townlands of Dunlo and Brackenagh, and surrounding rural areas.
Galway County Council is due to make a decision on this planning application by July 8.