A €1.5 million six-bedroom extension to Galway Hospice is likely to be completed before the end of 2015, after planners approved the project.
Planning permission has been granted by the City Council for a one and two-storey extension to the existing building for extra bedrooms and communal areas, along with a courtyard extension.
The project is expected to take around 12 months to complete and will bring the total number of beds at the palliative care facility to 18.
The plans also include a new access road to be created at the junction of Michael Collins Road, while the existing vehicular access through the church grounds will be blocked.
The planning application reads: “Demand for hospice services has been increasing on an unrelenting basis in recent years. The increase in demand is twofold.
“Firstly, with huge advances within the specialism of hospice/palliative care, significantly greater numbers of cancer patients now receive earlier intervention, leading to improved quality of life and enhanced prognosis.
“Secondly, hospices are now treating many life-limiting conditions other than cancer, greatly increasing the demand for services.
“Funding for the project will derive from the Hospice’s own finances, while the ongoing operational cost will be covered by the HSE.
“The HSE recognises the urgent need for additional beds and services at this time and therefore agreed to financially support the operational costs of this interim development, on the basis that the planned full 26-bed development will not be progressing in the medium term.
“The applicant’s intention is that the proposed hospice extension will provide additional capacity to the existing Hospice by the addition of six new patient rooms.
“The advantage of the layout proposal in extending the current ward is that minimal additional staff members will be required to deal with the additional capacity. Any alternative involves the creation of a new ward with a full staff complement, which would make the project unfeasible,” according to the Hospice.
There are long-term plans for an entirely new facility – possibly on a 10-acre woodland site in the Merlin Park/Doughiska area – with up to 26 beds and space for an additional 26 beds. The existing building in Renmore would be kept on for a “compatible use”
Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.
It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.
In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.
It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.
They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.
They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.
It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.
The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.
The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.
Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.
It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.
Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.
The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.
Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.
The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.
It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.
The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.
At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.
This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.
Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.
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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.
This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.
The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.
Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.
“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.
Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.
(Photo: Declan Colohan)