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Decision to refuse carpark at Sacre Coeur site appealed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The rejection of plans for a temporary pay and display car park at the site of the former Sacre Coeur Hotel in Salthill has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
Rockport Limited was refused temporary planning permission for the car park at Lenaboy Gardens.
The company wanted to complete and retain the car park and associated site development works at the former Sacre Coeur Hotel for a period of 5 years.
The hotel, which was destroyed by fire was demolished.
Rockport want to operate a 24-hour car park with 61 car spaces with pay & display machines, lighting and CCTV.
City planners refused permission for the car park at Lenaboy gardens as part of the site is zoned residential.
Planners state that it would be detrimental to the amenities of nearby residences and would depreciate the value of homes by being a nuisance.
In an appeal to the higher planning authority, Rockport Limited says the site is adjacent to the commercial core of Salthill, and would represent a vast improvement for the residential amenities in the area.
An Bord Pleanala is due to make a decision in December.

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Garda investigation following road crash at Cloughanover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating following a single vehicle road crash which occurred on the N84 outside Headford at the weekend.

The incident took place at approximately 4am yesterday (June 13) when a vehicle crashed near a car dealership based in Cloughanover.

A number of parked vehicles at the dealership were damaged as a result of the collision.

The driver, a man aged in his early 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Garda investigations are ongoing.

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Pilot Covid-19 antigen testing scheme begins at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pilot scheme of rapid Covid-19 antigen testing is being introduced at NUI Galway and three other colleges.

The project, which will be called UniCov, will conduct a large-scale analysis of rapid testing technologies to support students returning to campus.

The scheme begins today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork.

Thousands of students and staff will participate in the study which will be optional.

It comes as Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris will bring a memo to Government tomorrow confirming a significant increase in on-site college activity from September.

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IBEC warns poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – IBEC is warning that poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the west of Ireland.

The business group is calling on the Government to ensure that the National Investment Framework for Transport in Ireland supports an enhanced National Development Plan, underpinned by an ambitious programme of world class public services and infrastructure developments.

As part of its call for enhanced public services in the west, IBEC has set out its infrastructure priorities for the region as part of its submission on the National Development Plan.

The group wants increased capital investment in further and higher education and the establishment a Technological University in the region, an upgrade to the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo, and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny routes, an acceleration of the National Broadband Plan and a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

Meanwhile, the group has also earmarked the proposed N6 Galway City Ring Road and the Galway Transport Strategy as key projects for the region.

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