Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Water is due to publish a consultation report for a proposal to build a controversial sludge hub in Tuam.
The utility published a site selection methodology that included the use of Tuam wastewater treatment plant as a potential sludge hub centre for the wider Northwest region.
The plan has garnered strong local opposition and has received close to 200 public submissions opposing its creation.
Some local representatives have also argued the hub would be damaging to the towns reputation at a time when Tuam is rebuilding its image.
The National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan estimates that by 2040 around 50,000 truck-loads of sludge will be generated each year.
Planning permission refused for controversial biogas plant near Gort
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a controversial biogas plant near Gort have been turned down.
The plan was led by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited and would have been located in the townlands of Ballynamantan, Kinincha and Glenbrack.
In January of last year, an application to develop a biogas plant on a 10 hectare site around 1km from Gort was withdrawn by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited.
A second application was submitted in November for the plant, which would utilise anaerobic digestion technology to produce renewable energy and organic fertiliser.
Both proposals encountered significant opposition from the local community regarding its location and the potential impact on the environment.
County planners have now refused permission for the project citing a number of factors in the decision.
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Study finds shape and landscape of Galway suitable for rail system
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new maths-based report has determined that the shape of Galway City makes the creation of a light rail system more feasible.
The study was carried out at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway.
It examined the role of geometric information in determining the utility of a small urban light rail or tram system.
It found the rectangular shape of Galway City – which is three times longer than it is wide – makes such a system more feasible than in many other cities, particularly those which are circular in shape.
However, the assessment is offered from a scientific point of view, and is not a study on the sustainability or overall viability of a rail system for Galway.
Councillor calls for increased staffing levels at Athenry train station
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Rail is being urged to review its staffing levels, as well as access to public toilet facilities and lifts at Athenry train station.
Independent councillor Gabe Cronnelly has raised the matter at municipal district level.
He says that the waiting room in Athenry is only available from 8am to 4pm and outside of these hours, there is no access to toilets.
His comments followed the circulation of correspondence from Irish Rail following a call to review the frequencies of the train stops in Attymon, Athenry and Oranmore.
He also argued that a lift is regularly out of order causing many who are elderly or who have a disability to travel to other stations such as Oranmore.
In correspondence to the MD, Irish Rail stated Attymon station is a low demand area and the addition of stops would require significant additional patronage.
The Seanad candidate argued Attymon is low demand simply because nobody knows about it.