Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a mixed-use development in Knocknacarra have been turned down.
The city council has refused to grant planning permission for 14 houses and an apartment and office building at Hillcrest Ballymoneen Road.
The development would have involved the demolition of two existing detached houses at Hillcrest.
In their place would be 14 houses and a building with two apartments and offices.
City planners state that the proposed office element is considered excessive and the development would be inefficient use of residentially-zoned serviced lands.
Planners also refused permission for the development stating that the design of the proposed dwellings provides poor animation of street frontage and lack of interaction with the public realm.
Higher planning authority to consider proposal for over 100 residential units at Roscam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision next month on a plan to build over 100 residential units in Roscam in the east of the city.
The application is led by Alber Developments Ltd. with the development to be located at lands to the south of Rosshill Road.
The stragegic infrastructure project sets out to deliver 35 apartments, 67 houses and a childcare facility.
The higher planning board is due to make its decision in April
Taoiseach to visit vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheál Martin will this afternoon visit the vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse.
He’ll take a tour of the Ballybrit facility and get an update on the vaccination programme for healthcare workers currently underway.
The Taoiseach is expected to arrive at half past four.
His visit comes amid ongoing controversy over shortfalls in vaccines and the HSE’s failure to meet vaccination targets last week.
AstraZeneca has promised the HSE to make up for failing to meet two scheduled deliveries in full.
HSE CEO Paul Reid says they’re administering vaccines as quickly as possible and he expects deliveries to become more reliable over time – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour
Continued drop in new car sales across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a continued year-on-year drop in new car sales across Galway.
In February 2020 – just weeks before lockdown began – there were 1,795 new cars registered across the county.
Last month, the figure finished at 1,593 – that’s a drop of 11 percent year-on-year.
However, it’s an improvement on the drop of 22 percent recorded in Galway during January.
Nationally, figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show new car registrations were up 7 percent last month compared to the same time last year.
The biggest drop last month was recorded in Co. Leitrim, where new car sales fell by almost 17 percent year-on-year.
While in Longford, it went entirely the opposite direction – with the number of new car registrations rising significantly by 20 percent.
SIMI Director General Brian Cooke says the industry has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to operate in a safe manner throughout the ongoing pandemic – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour