Galway Bay fm newsroom – The developers of a planned solar farm in Glenamaddy are objecting to the amount of money that they must to pay to the local authority.
Elgin Energy was granted planning permission for a solar farm with photovoltaic panels on a 9.6 hectare site at Shannagh Beg with 17 conditions attached.
One condition of the planning permission is that Elgin must pay over three quarters of a million euro to the council as part of the Development Contribution Scheme.
In an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, Elgin Energy argues that a Development Contribution Scheme amount of 281 thousand euro is excessive.
The company says the contribution seems to be calculated by the number of units.
However, it argues that the solar panels, which will be mounted on steel frames, don’t constitute ‘floor area’ and are not considered to be buildings.
The company says it therefore believes it’s incorrect to use the anticipated area of the solar panels to calculate the contribution amount.
Elgin also argues that it’s committed to paying for any works required to rectify the condition of the public road which is already covered in a different condition of planning.
An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the condition relating to the construction of a solar farm in Glenamaddy in the summer.
Inspection at Kiltormer nursing home finds non-compliance in nine areas
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An inspection at Kiltormer nursing home in Ballinasloe found nine areas of non-compliance with HIQA regulations.
The unannounced inspection took place in July when there were 23 residents at the care facility.
Inspectors spoke with seven residents who said they liked living at the centre as it had a good atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful.
However, the inspectors found non-compliance in several areas that included health and social care, staffing, premises, fire safety and governance and management.
On the day of inspection there were 23 residents accommodated in the centre with 14 assessed as having maximum and high dependency care needs.
The inspectors saw that the staffing levels allocated did not ensure that care was provided in a person centred way that reflected evidenced based practice and did not ensure that in the midst of the pandemic that infection control standards to mitigate the spread of infection were observed at all times.
An urgent compliance plan was issued the day following the inspection to request prompt action in relation to a number of regulations.
The centre was found to be compliant in the area of food and nutrition, visits, and information for residents.
The report concluded that the systems and processes in place to underpin the safe delivery of care, ensure oversight of the service and ensure the premises and services associated with it are inadequate.
At the feedback meeting, the provider representative and person in charge accepted the findings and the inspectors found there was a willingness to ensure that issues would be addressed to bring the centre into full compliance with the regulations.
Connemara seaweed company announces significant capital investment
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara seaweed company Arramara Teo has announced plans to significantly upgrade its processing facility.
The investment will allow the Cill Chiaráin company to expand the range of species it currently harvests.
Until now Arramara has concentrated on processing seaweed specifically used in animal feed and soil enhancement products.
The planned upgrade will make Arramara a food-grade facility and secure jobs for its current 24 employees, while also providing more opportunities for local harvesters.
That’s according to the company’s Director Jim Keogh who’s confirmed that works are expected to commence in February.
He says it’s a major boost for the firm…
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Gardai investigating vandalism to road signs in Claran and Headford
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai are investigating significant damage caused to road signs in the Claran and Headford areas over the weekend.
That’s according to Councillor Andrew Reddington, who says the damage was clearly caused by the front loader of a tractor.
He claims road signs in a number of locations have been damaged, buckled and even completely uprooted in some cases.
Fine Gael Councillor Reddington has an appeal to the parents of young people who are driving around late at night with tractors..
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