Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
A major plan to rejuvenate the Headford Road and surrounding areas – which includes a new road link with the Dyke Road – has been put on the long finger by the local authority, the Galway City Tribune has learned.
The City Council’s Director of Services for Planning Tom Connell has admitted that delivering the Local Area Plan (LAP) is now “long term” because of the economic downturn and decimation of the Council’s revenues.
Private consultants were hired by the Council in early 2008 to come up with a ‘Framework Plan’ that would provide a vision for the area – including Headford Road, Quincentenary Bridge, Dyke Road, Seán Mulvoy Road, Bóthar na mBan, St Bridget’s Terrace, Galway Retail Park and Galway Shopping Centre – and provide an extension to the city centre.
It was later decided by the local authority to devise a LAP instead of the Framework Plan.
But Tom Connell has now revealed the ‘long-term’ status of the Headford Road LAP as he over-ruled a senior planning official’s recommendation that permission be refused for a new four-storey building beside the Omniplex.
“Having regard to the current economic climate, the delivery of the draft Local Area Plan objectives are long term,” Mr Connell said in a memo to Executive Planner Eilis McCullough.
Michael Barry of Almane Properties – which owns the Galway Retail Park – applied for permission to build a new 2,355 square metre development on the disused site adjacent to the Omniplex, which will include ground floor retail space, first floor offices and 4 two-bed.
Ms McCullough recommended the latest application be rejected on the grounds the area is earmarked for significant change through the LAP.
However, the next day, she was over-ruled by Mr Connell who said the proposed use for the land is in line with the LAP and will be a catalyst for future uses.
“Having regard to the current economic climate, the delivery of the draft LAP objectives are long term, the current proposal gives potential for early delivery of objectives,” he said.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.