Galway Bay fm newsroom – Lidl has been given approval to build a new bigger discount store in Tuam.
The company has been granted planning permission for a new building with an off-licence at the site of the existing Lidl store at the Galway Road.
However county planners have not given permission to close existing entry and access points.
The Lidl development at Galway Road Tuam will encompass a brand new larger store and the redevelopment and extension of the existing car park.
However Lidl had applied as part of that application for the closure of existing vehicle access and the creation of pedestrian access.
However, county planners have stipulated that although they are granting permission for the new Lidl store, they are not granting permission for the closure of the existing vehicle access points.
They say this is in the interest of pedestrian and traffic safety.
Lidl had hoped to create a new entry and exit point via a proposed new upgraded shared access with Steeltech Sheds next door.
Steeltech had submitted a separate planning application to that affect, but planners have refused to grant permission for the changes.
Planners state that it would be premature pending the completion of the upgrade of the existing access road and would impact on the strategic road network in the vicinity.
Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.
Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.
It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.
Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.
He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.
Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.
Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.
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Local TD uses Dáil to demand urgent action on beef regulator
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has told the Dáil there will be no next generation of young beef farmers unless the Government takes action.
Deputy Claire Kerrane was contributing to a debate on the need for the establishment of an independent beef regulator.
She said as someone who grew up on a beef farm, it’s very hard to watch farmers break their backs for very little in return.
Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane said she was “at a loss” as to why the Government has failed to address the situation.
She pointed out that previous Agriculture Ministers have supported the creation of a beef regulator.
Deputy Kerrane warned if action isn’t taken, farmers will close their gates – and there will be no next generation – to hear more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5