Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Council’s Development Contribution plan has been called into question after it was discovered that an Annaghdown resident could have overpaid by 2 and a half thousand euro.
The issue was raised by Councillor James Charity at this week’s meeting of the Athenry Oranmore municipal district.
Councillor James Charity says he was approached by an Annaghdown resident who had paid development contributions on an unsurfaced stretch of road in the area.
On inspection of the planning file, Councillor Charity says the resident’s property was zoned ‘subcategory 1,’ which as described in the council’s adopted plan, did not fit the location.
Councillor Charity says he consequently discovered that a seperate ‘explantory memorandum’ contains a completely different definition of ‘subcategory 1′ zones.
He says the disparity creates an issue in the amount of money charged to applicants for planning permission- and that applicants could have been overcharged by hundreds of thousands of euro.
The issue will be discussed further at the next full meeting of Galway County Council.
Speaking at this week’s municipal district meeting, Councillor Charity says he’s seeking clarity on the operation of the scheme.
UHG has 2nd highest number of Covid-19 patients nationwide today
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG has the second highest number of COVID-19 patients nationwide today.
There are 25 patients with the virus at the city hospital – behind Cork University Hospital at 29.
Nationally, 288 COVID-positive patients are in hospitals today with 67 in ICUs.
It’s a slight fall on yesterday’s total and is 12 percent down on last Friday.
Today’s UHG figure OF 25 is a considerable reduction on the figure of 32 recorded this day last week.
UHG has consistently had one of the highest figures nationwide in recent weeks, and has also been dealing with significant overcrowding issues.
Meanwhile, there is a single COVID-19 patient at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe today – the exact same figure as was recorded this day last week.
CSO seeking field supervisors across Galway for 2022 Cenus
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Central Statistics Office is seeking field supervisors across Galway for next year’s Census.
It’s particularly seeking applicants from Galway City Centre, Headford, Portumna and Tuam.
The full time positions will last from January to May, and people will work from their own home managing a small team.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, September 21st and further details are available at CSO.ie.
Kathleen Goulding of the CSO has been outlining who they’re looking for – tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour
Plans for €100m investment at Tynagh power station near Loughrea
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans for a major €100m development at Tynagh power station near Loughrea.
It’s proposed that a 299MW gas-fuelled power station will be built on the site, alongside the existing 400MW power station.
The Tynagh power station is 80 percent owned by a Czech firm which acquired the stake in 2019.
According to the Irish Independent, the proposed new €100m project would be a 299MW gas-fuelled power station.
It would be used to provide back-up electricity to the national grid when renewable energy is insufficient to meet demand.
It’s reported An Bord Pleanala has agreed that the planned development does not constitute a strategic infrastructure development.
As such, a planning application can be lodged with Galway County Council, which is expected to happen next month.