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Oral hearing for city ring road plan set to take place early in new year

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An oral hearing is expected to take place for the controversial Galway city ring road proposal early in the new year.

The 600 million euro project would run west from Barna taking a northerly route before joining up with the M6 near Coolagh roundabout.

In September, the plan went out on public consultation again after a further information response from Galway County Council was deemed to contain significant additional data.

12 submissions were received as part of the second phase of public consultation.

These included nine follow-ups to previous submissions on the original application and three new submissions.

500 landowners would be directly affected, 44 houses would be demolished and 11 businesses would be impacted if the controversial project gets the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanála has yet to set a date for the oral hearing, however it’s expected to take place early in 2020.

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Lidl lodges plan for discount foodstore in Westside

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Planning permission is being sought for a major discount foodstore in the west of the city.

Lidl Ireland is leading the application for the supermarket to be located at the former Arch Motors premises at Seamus Quirke Road.

The proposal would involve the demolition of a portion of the existing two storey Arch Motors premises with the adjoining Monaghan’s Westside Shop and Filling Station remaining in situ, along with a change of use of a portion of Arch Motors premises to shop use.

The development would see the construction of a single storey licensed discount foodstore supermarket attached to Westside Shop with ancillary off- licence sales.

There would also be associated car parking, free standing and building mounted signage, free standing trolley bay and enclosure.

The plan would see revisions to the existing vehicular and pedestrian accesses and right turn lane on Seamus Quirke Road as well as revisions to the existing filling station forecourt layout.

City planners are due to make a decision in February.

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Councillor writes to Garda Commissioner over city policing resources

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City Councillor has written to the Garda Commissioner to raise concerns over the lack of policing resources in Galway.

Fianna Fail Councillor Ollie Crowe has written to Commissioner Drew Harris and the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan recently, to question why no Garda graduates from the latest passing out ceremony have been assigned to Galway.

197 newly qualified Gardaí participated in the passing out parade with 49 to be deployed to the North Western region.

The new group of 197 includes 18 graduates from the Galway area.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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Man taken from water in the city

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Emergency services assisted with a water rescue in the city in the early hours of today.

A man was taken from the water at the New Docks area shortly after 4.30am.

One unit of the city fire brigade attended the scene.

The man was taken to UHG where his condition is currently unknown.

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