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Minister controversially overturns housing land zonings

Declan Tierney

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A recent decision by elected representatives in Tuam to zone four parcels of land in the town for housing has been controversially overturned by a Government Minister.

Livid Tuam area councillors are expected to call an emergency meeting of the Municipal Council next week.

Housing Minister Damien English, in correspondence with Galway County Council, said that the zonings are located in ‘a scattered and disorderly manner’ and would not be in the interests of the long-term development.

The lands are located at Milltown Road, the Gardenfield area while two are situated in the Ballymote area of the town.

Fianna Fail’s Cllr Donagh Killilea said that it was obvious that the Minister knew very little about the housing requirements in the town and efforts would be made to reverse this decision.

And what makes it even more frustrating for the local councillors is that two of these plots of land were previously granted planning permission for housing that has since expired.

The Minister will also be invited to the emergency meeting of Tuam Municipal Council and will be afforded the opportunity to view at first hand the lands in question.

“It is obvious that the Department of Housing do not want to see towns like Tuam expand at a time when there is an urgent need for more dwellings to be provided,” Cllr Killilea told The Connacht Tribune.

The decision to zone these parcels of land was taken at a recent meeting of Galway Council Council when members were discussing the Tuam Local Area Plan.

In correspondence with Galway County Council, the Minister states that these particular zonings would effectively extend the town boundary and his Department had serious concerns about this. He added that the guidelines on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas states that “new development should contribute to compact towns and villages”.

It goes on to say that the decision taken by councillors conflicts with the preferred development strategy option to “rationalise land use zonings in Tuam”.

Cllr Killilea said that local area councillors are responsible individuals who only make decisions in the best interest of the town.

“The fact that there was previously planning permission on at least two of these sites, which was granted by Galway County Council, meant that the local authority saw fit to allow housing development take place at these locations.

“But now the Minister is effectively saying that they were wrong in doing so at the time. One would get the impression that the Department do not want Tuam to expand and develop like it should do,” he added.

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

Francis Farragher

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

Declan Tierney

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

Declan Tierney

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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