Date Published: 13-Jul-2012
32 submissions have been debated on the draft local area plan for Oranmore.
Members have been discussing the Manager’s Report at a special meeting of the local authority all day today.
Concerns have been raised regarding an unfinished development in Oranhill which Cllrs fear poses a major health and safety risk to children.
It follows a submission which asks that the site should be made safe and returned to a green area due to its potential to lead to a fatality.
However, the Manager’s report states there’s a live permission on the site until May 2016, therefore enforcement action is not an option.
Cllrs were advised that the developer has been in contact as recently as this week.
Water is lodging in the area and some pathing has been removed.
Local Cllr Liam Carroll has said that the local authority should use the full rigours of the law to ensure there is no fatality or injury.
A number of changes to the Manager’s report were also passed by Cllrs.
These involved removing a site at Cartron from the local area plan and amending the boundary along the Coast Road, to enable future agricultural use of the land.
Cllrs also passed a proposal for the zoning consideration of single house developments on family owned lands along the R338 Coast Road.
Cllr Liam Carroll, Chairperson of the Oranmore Local Area Cllrs, says the solution was reached on condition such single housing would not impact on the Strategic Reserve Area.
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.