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GALWAY CO COUNCIL PREPARES 6 YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN

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Galway County Council are starting the preparation for the new county development plan.

It will take about 2 years and result in the publication of the new plan from 2015 to 2021.

The County development plan is the main public statement of planning policies for the local community.

It lasts for 6 years and sets out the land use, amenity and development objectives and policies for the area.

A pre-draft public consultation is now underway and an issues paper has been published to encourage debate and participation in the process.

Issues focus on the social, cultural, community, and transport aspects of the county as well as promotion of the heritage of the Gaeltacht.

The issues paper can be viewed online at www-dot-galwaycoco-dot-ie, at County Hall in the city and at certain county libraries.

Submissions can be made until the 27th of June when the planning authority will prepare a draft plan which will also be put on public display.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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