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Connemara windfarm could generate multi-million euro community fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A community fund of up to 5 million euro could be generated if the proposed development of a major windfarm in Connemara is granted permission by An Bord Pleanala.
An application from Ardderroo Windfarm Limited seeks to erect 29 turbines in the townlands of Killaguile, Letter, Uggool, Ardderroo and Finnaun.
Councillors at this week’s meeting were told that the 4000 acre site contains only two homes, and that one of the affected landowners is directly involved with the development.
The current application states that 1.5 million euro will be put into a community fund over the course of 25 years as a result of the development, which will generate rates of 696 thousand euro a year.
Connemara district councillor Noel Thomas proposed that the council should seek a more substantial community gain fund of 200,000 per annum for 25 years, which would be index linked.
Councillor Tom Welby also proposed that the community would not be required to raise matching funds in order to benefit from the community gain fund.
Both proposals were agreed by the full council.
Ninety percent of the proposed windfarm will be located on lands that are owned by Coillte, and will generate 87 megawatts of electricity.
The energy that would be generated would power 62,000 homes, or 70% of all the homes in County Galway.
The project will require a development contribution of 230 thousand euro.
16 submissions were received by An Bord Pleanála on the plans- five from prescribed bodies and 11 from third parties.
The file is now with the planning inspector who will prepare a report for the consideration of the board.
A decision is due in March next year.

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Road resurfacing works to begin tomorrow evening on N6 Bothar na dTreabh

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Road resurfacing overlay works will commence on the N6 Bothar na dTreabh from Kirwan Junction to Tuam Road Junction tomorrow evening.

The works, carried out John Madden & Sons Ltd., acting on behalf of Galway City Council, will take place during the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am for a period of four weeks.

A Stop & Go system will be in operation during this time.

Road users are urged to use alternative routes to avoid delays and proceed with caution during this period as Traffic Management will be in operation at all times.

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National Tradesperson Check takes place in Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A national tradesperson check has been launched to help tradespeople focus on their health with Galway hosting one tomorrow.

Recent research has showed that while many are trying to be healthier, there is still room for improvement. Half say they don’t go for a regular health check up and 1 in 5 admit to working through illness so they don’t fall behind on a job.

The survey was carried out to the launch The Chadwicks Group annual National Tradesperson Check which provides customers with a free health check in branch in partnership with HealthWatch.

The health screenings cover; BMI, blood pressure, and finger-prick test gauging the total cholesterol and glucose of the patient.

Now in its second year, the National Tradesperson Check is taking place in 18 Chadwicks Group locations nationwide including Chadwicks, The Panelling Centre, Cork Builders Providers and Telfords for the month of October.

One of these locations is in Chadwicks Galway in Wellpark, with screenings scheduled for tomorrow (Monday, October 18th).

Customers can book their free NTC across the country by visiting Chadwicks.ie/NTC. Registration is simple and quick, and the health check takes just 15 minutes.*

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Concern over maintenance of N59 roadside vegetation in Connemara

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Connemara County Councillor has claimed that an abundance of trees, branches and bushes impinging on the N59 is putting people’s well-being and lives at risk.

Councillor Gerry King told this week’s meeting of the Municipal Authority that the N59 roadsides in Mayo were much better maintained than those in Connemara.

Councillor King instanced roadside growth between Clifden and Leenane as being a particularly serious problem given the heavy summer traffic.

He said that this stretch of the N. 59 had proven to be a problem area for accidents and that the roadside growth should have been cleared much earlier this year

Councillor King said this section of road contrasted badly with the well-controlled growth alongside the Mayo part of the N. 59 all the way to Ballina and beyond.

Senior Executive Engineer, Damian Mitchell told the meeting that Transport Infrastructure Ireland has a contract for the purpose of clearing roadside growth on the N. 59. On the broader issue, Mr Mitchell said that money for the cutting back of roadside growth comes from the road maintenance fund which is a limited amount of money.

Councillor King said that the roadside growth on the N. 59 was a health and safety issue and should be done in July rather than waiting until later in the year.

Máirtín Ó Catháin reporting from the Connemara Councillors meeting.

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