Call for investment in Ballyloughane beach after best water quality results in 8 years

Galway Daily news Swimming ban at Ballyloughane Beach due to E. Coli

A City Councillor is calling for serious upgrades to the facilities at Ballyloughane Beach to make it more attractive to visitors.

Ballyloughane Beach recently recorded its best water quality results in eight years, with 15 of 16 tests carried out returning “excellent” quality results.

These are the best results seen from the Renmore beach since testing began in 2012.

A swimming ban was imposed by Galway City Council for almost five years from 2014 to April 2019 due to consistently poor water quality.

Ballyloughane has also been subject to repeated temporary bans in poor weather, where heavy rain frequently leads to bacterial contamination.

With water quality levels improving, Councillor Alan Cheevers said that it’s time the city council made a commitment to upgrading facilities at the beach.

“I believe we need to see a plan for new toilets , changing facilities and better disability access,” Alan Cheevers said, adding that this needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Pointing to the recent announcement that Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill will be getting a facelift.

“The toilets at the moment there are not fit for purpose, and there are no proper changing facilities. The residents of the Eastside deserve better.”

“We also need, as we come out of pandemic, to be able to attract tourists to Ballyloughane and be able to provide the proper facilities.