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Road Maintenance

  • Report Overgrown Trees or Hedges

    Landowner's Responsibilities re. Private Lands:

    Owners and occupiers of lands along public roads are obliged to ensure that roadside hedges and trees do not present a hazard or obstruction to road users. Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993, requires landowners and occupiers of land to take all reasonable care to ensure that all structures, trees, hedges, shrubs and other vegetation on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road.

    Galway City Council places a public advertisement in the months of January and September each year, reminding landowners/occupiers of their responsibilities with regards to hedge cutting. The Roads Act 1993, Section 70 allows Local Authorities to serve a Hedge-Cutting Notice on those who do not carry out this obligation.

    Galway City Council Responsibilities:

    Outside of the nesting period, Galway City Council is responsible for maintaining the hedge-grows along the public road where it has acquired the land. This makes the roadway a safer place for road users and reduces the visual obstruction that can occur on public roads, during the growing period.

    If you would like to request hedge cutting on a public road during the maintenance period, you should contact the roads section as follows:

    The Roads Section
    Dept of Transportation, Infrastructure, Recreation & Amenity
    Yeats College Annex
    College Road
    Galway
    Telephone: 091 536400
    Fax: 091 894357
    E-mail: roads@galwaycity.ie

    Overgrown hedges, trees along public roads/paths can become a danger to people using or working on a roadway or path. Examples of hazards include dead or dying trees, hedges or trees obscuring a view of the road ahead, obscuring road signs, blocking footpaths, or obscuring public lights.

    Under section 40 of the 1976 Wildlife Act, as amended by Section 46 of the Wildlife Amendment Act, 2000, it is forbidden to cut or remove hedgerows or destroy other vegetation during the bird nesting season, from the 1st of March to the 31st of August each year.

    Some of the exemptions to hedge cutting during the nesting period include:

    • State bodies carrying out works for reasons of public health or safety,
    • The clearance of vegetation in the course of road or other construction works or in the development or preparation of sites on which any building or other structures is intended to be provided,
    • Destroying vegetation growing on a hedge, in the ordinary course of Forestry or Agriculture.

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  • Report a damaged/dangerous boundary wall/fence

    If your boundary wall has fallen onto a public area e.g. public footpath, public green area, you should report the issue to the Roads Department:

    The Roads Section
    Dept of Transportation, Infrastructure, Recreation & Amenity
    Yeats College Annex
    College Road
    Galway

    Telephone: 091 536400

    E-mail: roads@galwaycity.ie

    A fallen wall may be a hazard to the public, and roads staff will be able to make the area safe and passable. The responsibility of repairing a boundary wall is that of the property owner.

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  • Reporting Flooding on a Road, Driveway or Path

    Report flooding on a road, driveway or path

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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  • Report Damaged/Blocked Gullies

    Report damaged/blocked gullies

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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  • Report Damaged Road Surface/Footpath

    Report damaged road surface/footpath

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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  • Report Slippery Road/Footpath

    Report slippery road/footpath

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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  • Report Potholes

    Report a pothole

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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  • Report Debris/Broken Glass on Road/Footpath

    Report debris/broken glass on road or footpath

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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  • I wish to request that a road sweeper attends to a road/pathway.

    Contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council by email at customerservice@galwaycity.ie or by telephone on 091-536595

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  • I wish to report a burnt out/abandoned vehicle.

    If you wish to report a burnt out or abandoned vehicle please report the following information to Galway City Council.

    • The exact location of the vehicle
    • Confirm if the vehicle has registration plates. If so, please also confirm the vehicle registration.

    Click here to report a burnt out vehicle. Alternatively contact the Customer Service Team on 091-536595.

    If a burnt out or abandoned vehicle is causing a road obstruction or is potentially dangerous, outside normal working hours, please contact Mill Street Garda (Police) Station: +353 (0)91 538000 or Salthill Garda (Police) Station: +353 (0)91 521333.

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  • Advice for Road Users - Severe Weather

    View Galway City Council's Winter Ready Advice Page

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  • I wish to report out of order Public Lighting

    If you notice that public lighting is not working or broken, calls can be logged with ElectricSkyline:

    How to Log a Fault

    Out of Working Hours Emergency Number

    • 087 1955004

    Information Required:

    • County
    • Town/ Village
    • Street/ Estate Name
    • Pole Number (if no pole number get outside house number/ landmark)
    • Name of person who contacted about fault
    • Contact number of person who contacted

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  • I wish to report out of order Pedestrian Lighting

    Report out of order Pedestrian Lighting

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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  • I wish to report out of order Traffic Lights

    Report out of order Traffic Lights

    Alternatively contact the Customer Service department of Galway City Council on 091-536400

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