Is it simply a case it still existing but reverting to class G when not in use, which is now permanently? But of course then you are supposed to check that it's not active either by trying to call on the frequency or checking with Shannon? Is that it?
Since Galway City and County Councils are the new owners of the airport, one can only assume that they have decided that only sitting tenants like the Galway Flying Club may use it.
Anyone interested in being able to use Galway again should lobby the City & County Council management and Councillors in the hope of getting it re-opened. It was a great place to visit in the last 2 to 3 years of its life. The 5 remaining staff were great and did all they could to encourage GA people to come in. On occasion, they opened up the airport at 0300h to allow medical evacuation flights to come in. Unfortunately a lot of damage had been done in the years before that by the previous management through charges etc.
Hopefully it will re-open to other traffic some stage this year.
I am sorry to have to tell you that Galway airport is currently closed as it has been purchased by the council.
We are awaiting a decision in the next week to ten days on what the short or long term plans are for the Airport.
I will contact you on their decision shortly,if as we hope their decision is positive we can then arrange for parking/hangerage at Galway airport in the near future.
I will get back to you as soon as I can you as we would be delighted to facilitate your visit to Galway.
Apparently there are a number of issues to work out before the two councils take ownership but it's beginning to look hopeful that the airport will be open to visitors this summer. Fingers crossed on that.
Don't forget that the local elections are in May and the candidates are already out canvassing. This is the ideal time to be pushing for the airport's re-opening - any aviators living in Galway City and County should take this opportunity to lobby the candidates. Now is the time to get their attention - they won't give a Highlander's Damn after they get elected!
Also you have to remember that the Councils are run by incompetents who can't make a decent job of the areas that they are supposed to be qualified to deal with - i.e. normal municipal matters - never mind airports and aviation, which is outside their experience. (Despite the 1994 Local Government Act giving them a "General Competence" to basically get involved in anything. They love quoting this to justify Arts Centres etc and forays into areas where they really have no business.). But no doubt they will engage Consultants at great cost to tell them what they should do and then they will do what they wanted to do all along anyway.
according to our legislation an occupier of a building for a period in excess of 5 years is entitled to remain in possession for as long as they wish and only pay the market rent. there must be a 'building' on the land and there must be a use for a purpose described in the act as a 'business'. 'building' has been deemed to include almost any structure and planning permission is not relevant. Business is defined in the legislation to include a club or association. profit or trade is not necessary.
a flying club would qualify for this protection if there is any hut, club house hangar etc on site, even a fuel store. the legislation included ancillary property which would include runways and taxi ways. all the occupier must do is to pay the market rent which must be proven if necessary, in a court. repairs are also designed to make it very difficult for an owner to force an occupier out through excessive repair obligations.
so clubs and other users of our airfields who can show that they have been in occupation for more than 5 years can stay put. a new owner cant remove them if they do not want to leave. the club can also sublet. it also does not matter if the club agreed to avoid this in the past as the legislation specifically prohibits contracting out of the protection.
if under pressure clubs should just carry on as normal. ............... enjoy the flying
If it was that way all the purpose built shopping centres in the country would 'avoid the act'. The legislative protection is based on occupation............ head lease or any sublease is irrelevant. The act applies to predecessors in title.
Indeed, the occupier with the benefit if the legislation 'owns' a statutory interest in the property and as such can give permission to others to land at the facility and thus comply with the aviation rules that require permission of the 'owner' to land to land.
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