Galway Bay fm newsroom – An oral hearing is to take place following objections to a 100 million euro development at Galway Docks.
It’s after several appeals against the 100 million euro development described the proposed project as ‘overbearing,’ ‘unsustainable’ and ‘premature.’
A decision on the appeals was due tomorrow – but An Bord Pleanala has confirmed to Galway Bay fm news that an oral hearing is set to take place.
The future of the Bonham Quay plan hangs in the balance, as four appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala against the City Council’s grant of permission.
The 100 million euro development would create a 26 thousand square metre office complex and public square in the heart of the city – that could accommodate almost 3 thousand workers.
The building of the complex across Dock Road, Queen Street and Bothar na Long by Gerry Barret’s company Edward Capital would also create 500 construction jobs.
In one appeal, An Taisce argues the proposed development’s lack of residential content contravenes the city development plan – and would also restrict public access to the waterfront.
It also claims the development is premature given the long term plans for Galway Harbour.
In a separate appeal, two residents of an apartment block at Forthill Street say the proposed project would be overbearing, and lead to overlooking and overshadowing of existing properties.
A third appeal by a Renmore resident outlines ten reasons why the project should be sent back to the drawing board.
These include concerns over sustainability and the lack of a master plan for lands around Ceannt Station and the inner harbour.
Finally, a fourth appeal by VP Motors Ltd at Forthill Street raises concerns over encroachment onto the company’s property, and right of way.
However, the car sales and rental firm says it is not objecting in principle to the proposed development.
An oral hearing is to be held to help the higher planning authority come to a decision on the development – and a date will be set shortly.
It’s not yet known if the hearing will also cover a proposed student accommodation development at the same location.
22 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway with 306 new cases nationwide and 1 additional death
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,053 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Sunday 29th November, the HPSC has been notified of 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,544 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 156 are men / 148 are women
- 67% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 108 in Dublin, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Galway, 17 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 14 in Cork and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties.
As of 2pm today 244 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 3 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,544 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 30 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
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Drug offences account for main increase in crime across county Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drug offences accounted for the largest increase in crime across the county so far this year.
The issue arose at this afternoon’s meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee.
The latest Garda statistics revealed a 46% increase in the sale and supply of drugs with 51 offences recorded from January to October this year.
Simple possession also saw a 9% increase with 140 offences recorded in the period.
Cannabis accounted for the largest seizure year to date valued at over 223 thousand euro.
This is followed by heroin at almost 142 thousand euro.
Cocaine valued at over 83 thousand euro was seized in the 10 month period.
Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee that the increase in heroin is a concerning one and is due to a number of seizures valued in the 30 to 40 thousand euro category.
He said such a rise usually means an increase in crime and as such is being monitored very closely.
Galway hospitals record lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway hospitals have recorded the lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks.
According to HSE figures, there are just two patients being treated for the virus at UHG today, while Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is reporting no confirmed cases.
These represent the lowest daily figures for the county since November 10th, when there was also just two confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, five patients are being treated for suspected cases of the virus in Galway hospitals this afternoon – with four at UHG and one at Portiuncula.
Nationwide, 257 Coronavirus patients are being treated in acute hospitals, while a further 104 hospital patients are waiting on Covid-19 test results.
30 of these patients are attending ICU, including 17 who are being treated on ventilators.