VA01.3.059 – James Donelan & Michael Heneghan – Glenamaddy Karting Ltd

Appeal NumberVA01.3.059
CourtValuation Tribunal
AppellantJames Donelan & Michael Heneghan – Glenamaddy Karting Ltd
RespondentCommissioner of Valuation
The appeal proceeded by way of an oral hearing, which took place on the 1st day of May
2002 in the Council Chamber, Galway Corporation, Galway. The Appellant Mr James
Donelan represented himself. Mr Frank O’Connor, MIAVI, Member of the Society of
Chartered Surveyors, a District valuer in the Valuation Office represented the
Commissioner of Valuation. Both parties had prepared written summaries of their
evidence, which they exchanged with each other and gave to the Tribunal in advance of
the hearing.
The Property
The property comprises a large warehouse in use as a ‘Go-Karting Track’ located in
Glenamaddy village in the north east of County Galway close to the Roscommon border.
The walls of the building are constructed of concrete block and steel cladding. There is a
concrete floor and one roller door at each end of the building for access. Eaves height is 6
metres. The building is 1,473 m2 gross external area.
Valuation History
The premises was revised in November 2000 at RV €146.02. No change was made at
first appeal.
The Appellant’s Evidence
Mr. Donelan, having taken the oath, said in his evidence that the subject property was
built by the owner in consultation with him and took into account the particular
requirements of the proposed user. The rent was agreed on the basis of a four years and
nine months letting at £7,900 (€10,030.93) per annum plus rates and other usual
Mr. Donelan said that the building shared a common access and yard with two other
adjoining properties both of which were owned and operated by the landlord i.e. a public
house and a funeral home. Mr. Donelan said that as a condition of the agreement with
the landlord it was stipulated that go-karting would not take place when a funeral was in

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