Great. I'll be contacting them but I think that it might be a good idea to contact Galway City Councillors to get their support. The Harbour Company is only in it for their own profits. Sorry to be cynical.
this is an interesting thread to happen on and one which has exercised my mind for quite a while. We visit Galway a couple of times each of the last few years to visit our daughter in college and it proves very difficult to find an overnight parking place between the end of September and Easter. We did avail of the parking at the marina on a number of occasions and were most disappointed to see a total ban on overnight parking there when we visited Galway in February. Lest we got clamped we resorted to parking up along a noisy Threadneeddle Road. I had occasion to return to Galway in early April and decided in advance of travelling, to contact the Harbour office to see what was the reason behind the total ban on overnight motorhome parking. I was put through to a very helpful and unhurried gentleman who gave me a comprehensive outline of what triggered the ban. Firstly, he explained that on an occasion last year a child ran out from between two parked campers and was within a hair's breadth of being hit by a passing motorist. The driver lodged a compliant with the company and demanded action as he thought he had actually struck the child. Sometime latter he contacted the office to enquire as to what action the company had taken or was planning to take.
Secondly, he explained that the company operates on a 7 day basis and clients of the company need access to the port on a 24/7 basis. Sometimes, especially at the weekends, clients have been blocked from entering the port due campervans parking in front of the gates despite abundant signage instructing people not to do so.
Thirdly, he said that on one occasion last year when a client approached a campervan owner who was blocking access to the port gates the owner proceeded to give the client a box in the face which resulted in the client having to go to hospital.
For those reasons the company felt obliged to ban motorhome over-nighting at the marina.
There you have it! Now I felt the gentleman was truthful and not exaggerating and was in no way dictatorial; in fact he said the company was losing a lot of revenue from lost parking charges.
So in conclusion, two of the above reasons illustrate that inconsiderate assholes always win - well done assholes, take a bow.
Now, despite all that, I still think it is more than worthwhile getting in touch with the Harbour Co. with a view to resolving the issue and the suggestion of contacting the newly elected Councillors is worthy of a shot.
By the way, I was back again in early May and I did find a suitable place (following advice), very near the centre, to quietly overnight. Sorry all assholes I am not going to reveal where it is.
There is one simple cause for all this put aside the child incident, the child could have run out from between two cars or trucks,not a valid reason to bow to some Motorists ,Parental responsible not the harbour bord .
But the problem is lack of enforcement. Was the Guy charged for assault?. Tow away badly parked vehicle. If social media had videos of motorhomes being lifted they wouldn't have the problem.
They have provided the spaces abuse them at your own cost.
I agree absolutely with you re parental responsibility and in fact another thing the gentleman in the Harbour Office told me was that they, in the office, made the point to the car driver that he should have been driving along the marina at an appropriate speed, same as in any urban area. But it seems there was no appeasing him.
And, I further agree with what you say about enforcement of the rules. These are the reasons why concerned motorhomers should make their feelings known on the issue to the Harbour Company - lets not sit on our haunches and suck it up; contact the company by whatever is your preferred method and voice your disquiet at this regressive development. I will in a few days, when I get a chance, after first fixing a leaking window in our wagon! Not as easy a task, doing the job in the yard, as it would have been last summer. Maybe the jet stream will come to our aid again.
Had the child darted from a red car, perhaps the Harbour company would be well in their rights to ban all red cars. Just to be on the safe side you see. It could be that red car owners are all irresponsible.
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