Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Education Minister is being urged to urgently prioritise a new school building for Ballinasloe National School.
Speaking in the Seanad, Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said Scoil an Chroí Naofa has been waiting 20 years for a purpose built facility.
She offered that while planning has been in place for almost a decade, a final design plan is only due to be submitted next week.
In the meantime, she argued, generations of children have been attending a school building that isn’t fit for purpose despite the incredible efforts of staff.
City planners back proposal for Woodquay apartment complex
Galway Bay fm newsroom – City planners have backed a proposal to add apartments to a previously granted plan for three new apartment blocks in Woodquay in the city.
K. King Construction Limited received permission in 2018 to construct 19 housing units, in three apartment blocks at Saint Brendan’s Avenue.
The company later sought to alter the plans and add a further eight units to the development, for a total of 27 apartments across a 4 storey, 3 storey and 2 storey set of apartment blocks.
City planners have approved the amended development subject to eight conditions.
One states a detailed landscape plan is to be submitted for the development.
It’s also stipulated that units 1 to 3 of the six-storey apartment building will have direct access to the external amenity space at the rear of the building.
City Councillor calls for Post Office network to be given PSO contract
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A City Councillor is calling for the Post Office network to be given a Public Service Obligation contract to ensure the entire network can remain viable.
PSO’s provide subsidies to ensure services that are in the interest of the public can remain in operation, even if they are not profitable.
Councillor Niall McNeilis says many industries in Ireland already receive PSO contracts – such as agriculture, aviation, rail, bus, housing and energy.
He argues the Post Office network provides essential services in communities across the country and helped support local economies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Councillor McNeilis is seeking the support of his colleagues to send a motion to Minister Eamon Ryan to operate the network with a PSO.
Labour Councillor McNeilis says the Post Office network could play a vital role in communities post Covid-19.
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Galway Simon secures approval for independent living units in Newcastle
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Simon Community has secured approval for its plans to develop independent living units for older people in the west of the city.
The proposal sets out to demolish an existing fire damaged two storey dwelling and build 10 one-bedroom apartments in a three-storey building, with associated on site car parking.
The development is set to be located in the Upper Newcastle area.
City planners have given their backing to the plan subject to 24 conditions.
One states the apartments are only to be used by clients of Galway Simon Community and are not to be sold independently of one another, or as a block, to any third party.
It’s also stated that communal open spaces and access ways are to be maintained by a management company.
This company is also required to repaint the proposed block every four years.