Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway chamber of commerce has contacted all city councillors with a document outlining concerns regarding commercial rates.
The chamber is calling on the local authority to be ‘pro-business’ when it comes to the city council budget for 2014 which will be debated next week.
Over the past few years, the commercial rate for businesses in the city has remained static.
Businesses are hoping the rate will not increase in the coming year as many are already struggling to pay the current amount.
PRO of the Galway Chamber, Maeve Joyce says companies are seeking assurances about the upcoming year.
216 submissions received on public realm enhancement proposal for Market Square in Athenry
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 216 submissions have been received in relation to the proposal to enhance Market Square in Athenry.
The Market Square public realm enhancement project opened for public submissions last month.
It sets out to reimagine the town centre by investing in what is described as “quality of life and quality of experience”.
Six options have been put forward by Galway County Council as part of the preliminary design stage.
These include options for the pedestrianisation of Davis Street and Burke’s Lane after 11am and the creation of a public plaza.
The public consultation will feed in to the overall analysis of all the options to determine the preferred option.
This will be carried out by the appointed consultants LUC and should be determined in the coming weeks.
Athenry Traders Group, which represents over 80 businesses in Athenry, says it’s deeply unhappy with the six options presented and argues the document goes directly against their submission.
The campaigners have highlighted their vision to include a town that is pedestrian and cyclist friendly and also open to slow moving traffic following the examples of Castlebar and Westport.
The group has raised concerns over a range of issues including the pedestrianisation of the town centre, the consideration of a new plaza area at Market Square and the alleged lack of sufficient disability access.
Funding allocated to cover just 28 of 237 local road improvement applications in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been allocated for just 28 out of 237 local road improvement applications in county Galway.
That’s according to Galway East TD Sean Canney who says the Government must urgently increase LIS funding to deal with the scale of applications in the county.
It comes as the County Council has received 237 valid applications at a total estimated cost of €10.8 million.
However this year the Local Authority was only able to allocate roughly €900,000 which equates to approximately 28 minor road improvement schemes.
LIS provides funding for improvement works on small roads and laneways in rural areas which are not maintained by Local Authorities and provide access to people’s homes and farms or to amenities such as lakes, rivers or beaches.
Deputy Canney argues the funding for county Galway represents less than 10% of the amount needed.
He says the Government must intervene and address the shortfall.
294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.
39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.
It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.
While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.
There are no local figures available due to continuing issues relating to the cyberattack on the HSE.