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To: Galway City Council

Bring Back Barista Bus

Bring Back Barista Bus

We are calling on the council to reverse their decision, to grant retention and/or allow for an exemption on this small patch of land, to allow the Barista Bus to resume trading.

Why is this important?

The Barista Bus is a locally owned micro business that traded from a small patch of privately owned land across from Blackrock tower, which they had rented from the owner legitimately since the summer of 2018.

Due to the city council claiming the bus was an unauthorized development (though it is mobile and temporary) the local business was told to cease trading as the area is zoned residential.

Recently four very large concrete blocks were placed at the little site opposite Blackrock, presumably to prevent access to the site, following press coverage and public outcry the blocks were removed.

Barista Bus is a homegrown enterprise that has become part of the community and the charm of Salthill. Swimmers, walkers, locals and tourists alike were delighted with this addition to the Blackrock area.

Galway city councils approach to planning is discouraging start-up enterprises and innovation from endeavoring to try something new. Our council should be doing everything in its power to encourage flourishing indigenous start-ups.

We find it incredibly difficult to believe that anyone other than the council have the means, ability or will to place and/or remove giant concrete blocks as were placed on the site to prevent Barista Bus from accessing it.

The councils methods of dealing with issues such as this, especially in cases dealing with private land, is entirely archaic.

We are calling on the council to reverse their decision, to grant retention and/or allow for an exemption on this small patch of land, to allow the Barista Bus to resume trading.

How can you help? Start by signing the petition which will be presented to Galway City Council, but also contact your local representatives

Galway, Ireland

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Reasons for signing

  • These guys represent the spirit of community I really want in my town. They are unbelievably passionate about: Their product; Friendly service; AND the community in which they trade! The council talks about building stronger communities, and improving mental health... then crush thriving micro-communities with giant rocks. Well done council, I'll make sure my next vote goes the right way, and I'll actively influence as many others as I can!
  • I loved the cosy atmosphere created by the Barista Bus and as a daily swimmer it was lovely to have the option to have something to warm me up so soon afterwards.
  • seriously now? If only a bus with coffee was the only problem in Salthill... Give the guy a break and let people enjoy their coffee. There are other more serious problems in Salthill!

Updates

2019-01-29 12:46:31 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-01-29 02:17:07 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-01-28 20:46:35 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-01-28 20:16:29 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-01-28 19:58:04 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-01-28 19:36:46 +0000

10 signatures reached