The Connemara Greenway project has the potential to regenerate the whole region.
That’s according to County Mayor Tom Welby who was speaking following a presentation on the planned 52 kilometre stretch from Clifden to Oughterard at the monthly meeting of the local authority.
An Bord Pleanala gave the project the go-ahead last month (March) subject to nine conditions following an oral hearing.
Senior Engineer Liam Gavin said funding of 9.2 million euro will be required and an application has gone to Failte Ireland.
He said 70 of the 80 landowners have been spoken to so far and it’s hoped to go to construction before the end of the year with construction continuing into 2014 and 2015.
Cllr Michael Mogie Maher told the meeting he’s aware of one landowner who plans to object and has three sections of land.
Cllr Eileen Mannion said she hopes such landowners will reconsider as the project would be a huge boost for the area keeping employment and young people at home.
Mayor Welby says there was a huge amount of consultation with landowners about it, an oral hearing and an independent planning process.
He said it was unfortunate some have issue with it as it’s key to regional development:
Approval granted for housing development in Headford
County planners have approved a minor housing development in Headford.
The plans involve the demolition of an existing commercial building at Bridge Street currently used as a car wash.
The project is led by Breda Joyce, the owner of the site along the N84 at the eastern edge of Headford town.
At the moment, it contains a single-story commercial building and forecourt with a car wash facility in operation.
At the back are vacant lands and a yard area used for the storage of vehicles.
All are set to be demolished and cleared, to make way for a now-approved development of four two-storey townhouses.
The existing vehicle entrance would also be closed and replaced with a new access point.
RSA child car seat checking service coming to Galway
The Road Safety Authority is to host a car seat checking service in Galway this month to reduce the amount of child car seats that are incorrectly fitted.
The first event will take place at SuperValu in Barna on December 6th followed by SuperValu in Gort on December 7th.
A final city event will take place in Smyth’s Toys in Galway Retail Park on December 8th, with all events taking place from 10am – 5:30pm.
Aisling Sloyan, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer at the RSA explains how to ensure that a child’s car seat is correctly fitted.
One of Connemara’s longest running annual community publications has been published
The Carna/Cill Chiaráin Yearbook, One of Connemara’s longest-running annual community publications, has been published this week.
This year’s edition has a focus on developments planned for the local secondary school in Carna and on a plan for a total upgrading of facilities by the local GAA club. It also features an article on the proposed offshore wind farm at Sceirde Rocks.
The yearly publication is known as Iorras Aithneach and that is the windy peninsula that edges into the Atlantic in the Carna and Cill Chiaráin area. It is a community publication and this year it features one of the most groundbreaking stories since it was launched in 1990.
Nine miles directly west in the Atlantic Ocean there are storied rocks; in English, they are known as the Skerd Rocks but locally there are known as Skeirde. The seas can be fearsome out there but an Australian-backed company known as Corio is ready to invest a billion euros on a wind farm in that windswept ocean.
The company states in this Iorras Aithneach Yearbook that a community fund worth millions will also be available, when, they start producing power.
The project, as planned, would provide power for 350,000 households.
There would be 200 jobs in the construction phase in what would be a major logistical enterprise of the Connemara coast.
2028 is seen as a likely completion date depending on permits.