Parents in Tuam have been urged to send their children to school either by walking or the bike as the town has become pedestrian friendly in recent months.
It has been suggested that Galway County Council should now provide cycle lanes in the centre of Tuam to accommodate students and pupils attending the many second level and primary schools in the town.
Recent months have seen new pedestrian crossings provided in the centre of the town while footpaths have also been widened.
These have slowed traffic down through the town centre at peak times – and that has now resulted in calls for parents to either walk their children to school or encourage them to cycle.
The call has been made by a local independent councillor, Cllr. Shaun Cunniffe, who has welcomed the traffic calming measures in Tuam. He said that it had stopped speeding on some of the main streets of the town.
However, some motorists are frustrated over the fact that there are tailbacks at peak times through the streets of the town centre which are mainly caused by the new pedestrian crossings.
Cllr. Cunniffe said that it was Galway County Council policy to slow down traffic in town centres and this was something that had now been achieved in Tuam.
“I know some motorists are not happy but it has now become a pedestrian-friendly town centre and hopefully this will reduce the amount of traffic and that more pedestrians and cyclists make their presence felt.
“It would be great to see more parents walking their children to primary school while students attending secondary school from the locality could cycle. I will be pushing for cycle lanes to be provided.
“Tuam has become pedestrian friendly even if some motorists are frustrated at the new crossings. And it might encourage parents to provide a healthier access to school for their children,” Cllr. Cunniffe added.
Galway County Council has already identified a problem with so many parents bringing their children to school by car and often clogging up one of the main roads where the schools are located. The matter will now come before September’s meeting of the Tuam Municipal Authority.
Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island
Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.
A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.
Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.
It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.
Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.
Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash
A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.
At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.
The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.
Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.
Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.
It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.
In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.
In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”
It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.
“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.
“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”
Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.
The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
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