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Planning granted for new coast guard station in Westport

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NEW FACILITY The Irish Coast Guard service will be able to use the new facility at the Quay in Westport when the building is completed next year.

Anton McNulty

Planning permission has been granted for a new state-of-the-art coast guard station in Westport to be located at Westport Harbour.
Mayo County Council granted planning permission for the new station for the Westport Coast Guard unit, which will incorporate a two-storey accommodation block raised in plinth along with a single storey boathouse and vehicle store.
The site is owned by Mayo County Council and is located adjacent to the old boat club on the causeway to Roman Island at The Quay area of Westport. The proposed building will have a combined floor area of 675 square metres and an overall roof height of 10.94 metres over two floors.
The building will house the vehicles and boats of the Westport Coast Guard unit and boats will be launched directly from the station.
At present Westport Coast Guard unit, which was founded in 2003, operates out of a small shed and container on the other side of the old boat club, adjacent to the Heritage Centre. It is now hoped that tenders will be issued later in the year and the project will commence construction early in 2020, with a 12 to 15 month construction period.
The coast guard unit in Westport have suffered a number of set-backs in recent years in relation to the construction of their new coast guard station. In 2014, it was envisaged they would get a new home in 2015 when provision was made in the Coast Guard’s Capital Programme for 2015 for the base.

Previous permission
In 2016, Mayo County Council granted planning permission for a more ambitious station on the same site at Westport Harbour. The proposed station in 2016 was to be a three-storey 890 square metre building consisting of changing rooms, a meeting room and kitchen and an operational room along with a three bay, single storey boat house.
The proposed plans were never advanced and the Commission of Public Works downsized the scale of the development in their new application which was granted planning permission.
Speaking when the plans for the new station were submitted by the Commission of Public Works at the end of May, Minister Michael Ring said he was pleased to see the project progressing.
“The new coast guard station in Westport will facilitate the Irish Coast Guard rescue services and it will be a welcome addition to this area. The issue of the new coast guard station is something that I have pursued for quite some time with the OPW. This facility is urgently required by the coast guard rescue services. I again, compliment all the coast guards on the wonderful work they carry out,” he said.