As plans to improve the Salthill seafront in Galway are refined, some local residents have voiced concerns over the planned redevelopment of the iconic Blackrock Diving Tower.
A group of resident and Salthill swimmers are concerned over the council’s plans to redevelop the iconic tower. The plans will include restoration of the tower, improved access and additional railings for safety.
The Blackrock Diving Tower community feel that the proposed plans will have a negative impact. They are concerned the new railings will do more harm than good. On their Facebook page one contributor said “They are replacing the two sets of steps nearest the rock and keeping the most dangerous set further out on the left? That’s insane. Those steps are in worst and most dangerous condition. Objections must be lodged before June 10th.”
The original diving tower at Salthill dates back to around 1885 with the iconic Blackrock Tower constructed in the 1950’s fast becoming an iconic feature as well as extremely popular bathing spot.
The refurbishment project is hoped to be the first phase in a larger plan to completely overhaul the entire seafront and promenade area with the ultimate goal to see Salthill transformed into a premier seaside village over the coming years.