Galway bay fm newsroom – Councillors are calling on the city manager not to proceed with the decision to close the domestic refuse service.
At last evening’s meeting of the local authority councillors agreed to use a seldom used act of the local Government to request the service be kept open.
However, the process to wind it down is already in place and letters have been sent to the council’s 10 thousand customers advising them of the plans.
The Council will also begin advertising this Thursday for expressions of interest from private companies to take over the service from November.
In a debate that lasted almost 4 hours, city councillors expressed their disappointment that they had only been informed of the plans last Friday.
City Manager Brendan McGrath explained to the chamber that he had taken legal advice and the decision to close the service was an executive one.
The Council voted to submit a section 140 notice to the city manager which requires seven day notice, and a day for further consultation must now be organised.
City Councillor Collette Connolly, who put forward the motion, is a city council bin customer herself, and says she still has many unanswered questions
Public webinar to discuss County Development Plan
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A public webinar on the new County Development Plan will be hosted online tomorrow evening.
The Galway Public Participation Network and Gort-Kinvara Councillor Geraldine Donohue are organising the event to give residents in the county the chance to familiarise themselves with the draft development plan.
It comes as the public consultation process is ongoing for the new plan which runs until 2028.
Written submissions and observations on the draft plan can be submitted to the County Council until 30 July.
The event will take place on Zoom and the meeting link available on Councillor Donohue’s Facebook page.
She says the webinar presents a great chance for people to ask county officials questions about the project.
Taoiseach pledges to pursue funding for proposed community centre in Newcastle
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheal Martin has pledged in the Dáil that he will pursue funding for a long-proposed new community centre in Newcastle.
The issue was raised by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish, who said the project has an estimated build cost of 3.8 million euro.
He noted that local residents raised 200 thousand euro to get the proposed centre through the planning process to a stage where it’s now “shovel ready”.
Galway City Council has committed 900 thousand euro towards the project, which leaves a shortfall of 2.8 million euro.
However, Deputy Grealish pointed out that there’s no Government funding stream available to bring the project to fruition.
He urged Micheal Martin to look into the matter to see what can be done.
Speaking in response, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the issue of funding for community facilities is one that is very close to his own heart.
He pledged to seek funding and also paid tribute to the excellent work carried out by the community in Newcastle.
West on Track report finds strong business case for the reopening of the railway from Galway to Mayo
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report initiated by campaign group West on Track has concluded that there is a strong business case for the reopening of the railway from Galway to Mayo as part of the wider Atlantic Railway Corridor at a cost of 154 million euro.
The 210 page study published by economist Dr. John Bradley contains a socio-economic profile of Tuam which examines employment and the commuting patterns associated with the county town.
It advocates for the restoration of Tuam’s rail link as part of a major transport interchange in the soon to be developed ‘Station Quarter’ and also proposes that an additional park and ride station be developed at Abbeyknockmoy to offer a commuter service.
The analysis puts forward an argument that the prospect of renewed rail services between Galway and Mayo offers the broader Tuam Local Electoral Area a rare opportunity to regain access to the national railway network with two new stations, one in Tuam Town and another at Abbeyknockmoy.
The report was prepared following the publication in January 2021 of a report prepared by the consultancy firm EY and carried out on behalf of Iarnród Éireann and the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport.
It examined the viability of extending the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Claremorris and found there is no case to be made for such a service, whether for passengers or freight.
The campaign group argues that the EY report raised many questions and contained some errors so a fresh appraisal was deemed necessary.
Group spokesperson is Colmán Ó Raghallaigh – he says Dr. Bradley and his team have done a great service to our entire region and the Government should now move to include this important infrastructure in the forthcoming National Development Plan.