Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is opposition to a multi-million euro mixed-use development on the west side of the city.
Ardstone Homes was granted planning permission to build houses, apartments and retail units at the junction of Western Distributor Road in Knocknacarra.
However, the decision by the city council has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
The development involves the demolition of an agricultural shed at the site just west of Ballymoneen Road.
It will be made up of 91 residential units, commercial units, a commercial block, childcare facility and communal open space.
In an appeal against the development to An Bord Pleanála, a nearby resident claims the structure and fabric of his house would be undermined by construction works such as rock breaking.
He also argues that the design, density and scale of the development is out of character with the area and is premature in the absence of an overall Traffic Management Plan for the greater Knocknacarra area.
A decision is due from An Bord Pleanála in March.
New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks
GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.
The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.
However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.
A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.
Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.
Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris
GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.
Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.
The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.
That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.
Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.
McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.
The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.
Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.