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Council to reinstate grass cutting at Ballinasloe estates following councillors donation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Council is to issue letters to residents of 11 Ballinasloe housing estates informing them that their green areas will maintained this year.
It’s after the service was pulled earlier this year due to a lack of funding.

Letters had been sent to residents of the estates, causing a major backlash from district councillors.
As a result the council agreed to tender for the service, and has been offered two prices – 9,500 euro from one contractor and 30,000 from another.
Councillors Tim Broderick, Dermot Connolly, Michael Connolly, Aidan Donohue, Michael Finnerty and Donal Burke have now agreed to pay 1,600 euro each towards the provision of the grass cutting service from their Notice of Motion funds.
This will cover the €9500 contract on a trial basis for this year – and the situation will be reviewed next year.

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Plan for major high rise student accommodation on Headford road approved by An Bord Pleanála

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plan for a major high rise student accommodation development on the Headford road has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed eight storey development adjacent to Galway Retail Park was approved by city planners in February and was later appealed by An Taisce.

The plan sets out to see the creation of 254 student beds, four retail units and a gym.

The application is led by Cleverson Ltd and includes a mix of one and two bed studio apartments along with four, five, six and seven bed units across six floors.

The plans would also see the demolition of an existing ESB unit enclosure and the creation of a 2,385 square metre development.

City planners approved the proposal in February with 28 conditions attached.

An Taisce then appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Among the concerns listed in the grounds of appeal is an argument that the application decision was premature and failed to acknowledge directions voted for in the 2011-2017 Development Plan which called for the preparation of a local area plan incorporating lands in this area.

It’s also argued that the current City Development Plan also calls for a density and building heights study, through variation number 5.

The board has now backed the city council decision to approve the development and has attached 28 revised conditions.

One states the development is only to be used as student accommodation but can be used as visitor accommodation outside of the academic terms.

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Galway TD slams Government disregard for Irish language communities during pandemic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is slamming the Government’s disregard for Irish language communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Mairead Farrell first points to a recent situation where Irish names were spelled incorrectly on the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

She further notes it’s not possible to register for the vaccine through Irish.

Deputy Farrell says the Health Minister has since indicated that they intend to fully develop the registration portal to ensure people can register in Irish.

However, she points out this vague commitment is being given seven months after the commencement of the vaccine programme.

Deputy Farrell also says there are plans to offer an Irish language version of the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

But she questions if we’ll be left waiting another seven months for that document to be made available as well.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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County Council urged to impose derelict site levies to tackle eyesores across Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway County Council is being urged to follow the example of Galway City Council and impose derelict site levies on eyesores that have been vacant for a considerable time.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Athenry-Oranmore municipal district.

While there was discussion of derelict buildings in several towns, there was a particular focus on buildings at Main Street in Oranmore, which have fallen into serious disrepair.

Council officials noted the issue is currently being examined, but it’s a complicated matter and it’s not as simple as just picking certain buildings and imposing a levy.

It was offered however that the owners of certain derelict buildings along Main Street in Oranmore have been identified and written to in relation to addressing the situation.

Councillor James Charity says something must be done to address the situation.

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