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One in ten planning decisions in Galway appealed last year



More than one in every ten planning decisions in Galway City last year were appealed to An Bord Pleanála – a higher rate than the national average.

But just one of the appeals was successful in overturning the local authority’s decision.

Figures published in the Board’s Annual Report for 2017 show that in Galway City, there were 317 planning decisions made, of which, 36 were appealed (11.4%), which equated to 1.8% of all appeals nationally.

The rate of appeals was 11.4%, which is higher that the national average of 7.3%.

The highest rate of appeal was recorded in Dublin at 15.8%, while the lowest was in Monaghan at 2.5%.

There were 22 decisions made by the Board last year relating to Galway City appeals (there may have been a carry-over of decisions pending from 2016, and some from 2017 may not have been made until this year) – five Council decisions were upheld, 16 had planning conditions varied and one was overturned.

A breakdown of the figures shows that 23 of the appeals related to residential applications; four to retail; three to mixed-use developments; two to community facilities and one each to education, sport, transport and signs.

In County Galway, just nine planning decisions which were appealed to An Bórd Pleanála last year were reversed.

The 2017 report shows that 52 appeals were made against Galway County Council planning decisions last year, which equates to a rate of just 3.6%.

The figures show that in 2017, the local authority made 1,434 planning decisions – 52 of these were appealed (3.6%), which equated to just 2.5% of all decisions nationally which were appealed. Decisions were reached on 37 cases.

A breakdown of the decided cases shows that 11 had the local authority decisions upheld; 17 had decisions varied and nine had decisions overturned.

A breakdown of the 52 appeals lodged in the county in 2017 shows that 27 were residential applications; nine were agricultural; four for utilities; three for retail; three for community facilities; three for industry; two for education and one was sport-related.

Nationally, there were 28,077 planning decisions, of which 2,041 were appealed (a rate of 7.3%). A total of 1,427 decisions were reached, of which 314 were upheld, 775 had conditions varied and 338 overturned.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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