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Moycullen expansion gets green light despite traffic concerns

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The construction of more than 200 houses and apartments in Moycullen has been described as premature pending the provision of a bypass for the village.

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of 113 houses in Moycullen while there are planning applications before Galway County Council for the provision of more than 70 other residential units.

But some local residents are concerned that the infrastructure in Moycullen cannot accommodate an additional 200 houses and particularly when it comes to the quality of footpaths while questions have been raised about the impact that this would have on the main sewage treatment plant in the village.

There are also demands for traffic calming measures to be implemented on the Mountain Road out of Moycullen where most of these residential units are planned.

However, Cllr Noel Thomas has told the Connacht Tribune that such development was welcome for the village in view of the shortage of houses that there are in towns and villages within “shouting distance” of Galway city.

“The traffic situation in Moycullen is chronic at the moment and I don’t think that the provision of an additional 200 residential units is going to make it any worse. I am of the firm belief that these developments should happen,” Cllr Thomas added.

The Fianna Fail councillor said that there was no indication when a new bypass for the village would be provided but he was advocating that essential housing development be provided in Moycullen because of the demand that is out there.

Recently, Galway County Council granted an extension of time to the Comer Group for a 113-house development to be built at Kylebroghlan, Moycullen – this development includes the provision of 24 five-bedroom houses which are expected to command prices at the latter end of the six-figure sum.

A planning application has also been submitted to the Council for the development of an eleven-bed B&B in Moycullen along with 16 one, two and three bedroom apartments – also at Kylebroughlan, Moycullen, which is located on the Mountain Road towards Spiddal.

There is some opposition to this development on the grounds that the three-storey development will overshadow a neighbouring property and will restrict sunlight. It has also been argued that the development will compromise the privacy of the neighbouring dwellinghouse.

Údarás na Gaeltachta have made a submission asking that Article 47 of the Planning Act which relates to the Irish language be implemented.

They want all signage on the building, which also includes office and commercial units, to be in Irish. They have also asked that all efforts be made to promote and protect the Irish language as laid out in local planning for the Gaeltacht

It is also proposed to provide An additional 30 dwellings which include three and four bedroom detached houses along with semi-detached units around the same location but this is being opposed on the grounds that it should not be permitted until the Moycullen bypass is constructed.

There are also plans to provide an additional 30 houses in the village which is expected to grow considerably over the coming years. House prices are also expected to rise considerably given its location to the city.

But Cllr Thomas said that other towns and villages around the county would welcome such development with open arms. “We have a number of vacant retail units in Moycullen and these developments could ensure that they are occupied in the not too distant future,” he said.

He also wants these developments to be connected to the village with footpaths along with the provision of essential playing facilities.

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Fuel for thought as we try and energise our wheels

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

A good few years back . . . well probably even decades . . . I remember asking quite a knowledgeable motoring correspondent, long gone to his eternal reward, about the pros and cons of staying with petrol or switching to diesel. By the time his reply had finished, nearly 20 minutes had elapsed, and I was avalanched with so much data that I was no wiser at the end of the conversation than I was at the start.

I thought of that a few weeks before Christmas when I happened to tune in to a programme on Channel 4 – Dispatches – which examined the practicalities of owning and driving an electric car across the roads of the United Kingdom.

There is a wish amongst all of us to pursue a more environmentally friendly way of life. At this stage, we all probably know someone who has purchased a fully electric car and certainly many more who have dipped their toes into the waters of the hybrid models.

Anyway, the main theme of the Dispatches programme was that after 10-years of investment by the UK authorities in the infrastructure needed to support electric cars, quite a shocking number of charging points were either out of action or were not working to their full efficiency.

Nearly 10% of the ‘rapid chargers’ sampled across the UK were found not to be working properly, while 30 new ultra-rapid charges were also found to be dysfunctional to varying degrees. Some of the charging points had been out of action for six years and a percentage of those were unrepairable as their technology base was now obsolete.

Apart from their significant extra cost – even if one qualifies for the maximum €5,000 Government grant – the great fear I would have with the electric cars is that I’d find myself marooned in a corner of Kerry or Antrim, out of ‘juice’, and unable to access a charging point.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Covid boosts college coffers

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NUI Galway

NUI Galway reported an operating surplus of almost €19 million during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic when its campus was closed for months.

The healthy finances reported by NUIG has prompted its student body to call for it to waive repeat exams’ fees and student levies, and to invest in mental health services.

Consolidated financial statements for NUIG for the year ended September 30 2020 show the university reported an operating surplus of €18.9 million. This was up by €16 million on the surplus generated in 2019.

The financial statement said that while Covid-19 was ‘extremely challenging’, the ‘extraordinary dedication and work ethic of its staff have mitigated against the financial impact’ of the year.

The report said a surplus of €18.9 million was a ‘commendable performance’ given that 95%  of staff and students withdrew from campus in March 2020 to study and work remotely in line with Government regulations.

It noted that core income fell by a net €4 million compared with the previous year.

“Drops in research income of €9m and a Covid-related decline in commercial and student accommodation income of some €5m were offset by increased fee income of €4m, a €3m increase in the fair value of investments, and other increases of €3m relating to Government grants and other income,” the report said.

It said that the increase in Government grants includes Covid Support grant funding from the Higher Education Authority to cover additional specific Covid-19 related costs of €2.2m.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farm buildings can be used as business hubs in rural areas

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Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind)

RURAL farm buildings should be utilised for small business enterprises which would supplement the income of landowners as well as creating some local employment in the process.

This was the view of the vast majority of Galway councillors who passed a motion that buildings directly relating to farming be considered for other purposes that would be financially advantageous to the owners.

The matter came up for discussion at a meeting of the Galway County Development Plan when it was suggested that the farming community needed to be allowed develop small business opportunities.

A motion from Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind) – deviating slightly from Galway County Council policy – proposed that they be allowed carry out businesses such as the servicing and repair of machinery, land reclamation, drainage works, and agricultural contracting was carried.

The motion added that this be allowed where it is financially advantageous to locate in a given area and where it would not have an adverse impact on the environment.

The Williamstown councillor said that it could result in hundreds of small business enterprises being developed out of farm buildings.

“At the moment they cannot get planning permission for such enterprises given that they are located in a rural area,” he argued.

He was supported by Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) who went further by saying that even the establishment of pet farms or animal farms that could be opened up to the public were also options that could be considered.

“There are farm families at the moment who cannot earn a decent living out of agriculture alone and would relish the opportunity to diversify,” he added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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