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Proposal for 60 new homes in Tuam lodged with Council

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Plans for the construction of nearly 60 houses and apartments on a site off Weir Road in Tuam have been lodged with Galway County Council.

Evolution Development Ltd – which is headed by Mike Pender, formerly of the Kenny Group – have sought permission to develop the 4.4-acre agricultural site (with residential zoning) at Killaloonty, around 200 metres from the junction of the Weir Road with the N17 and 500m from the town centre.

The proposal is to demolish the existing substandard and derelict dwelling house and outbuildings on the site and create a new residential development with 58 homes and parking for 113 cars.

“The zoning on site is Residential (Phase 1) and can be considered as an inner-urban suburb where a high-medium density of residential development is considered appropriate and reflective of the existing pattern and character of development locally.

“In response to the increasing variety of in family sizes and household structures, and the general requirements of local people to Tuam, a variety of units have been provided with 2, 3 and 4-bedroom choices within apartments, terraced and semi-detached units.

“Particular emphasis has been made to the overall long-term sustainability of the estate, in order to provide a high-quality and easily integrated new residential estate,” the application reads.

The plans involve 7 blocks of duplex units with a mix of 14 two-bed apartments at ground floor level and 14 two-beds at first and second floor level; 5 blocks of terraced houses with 22 four-bed units and 4 blocks of semi-detached houses with 8 three-bed units.

“Having regard to the zoning of the site, the absence of any flood events/history, the brownfield nature of the site, and the level and variety of surrounding residential development, combined with the convenient access to the town centre and associated amenities, it is considered that the proposed development is in accordance with the requirements of the draft Tuam Local Area Plan 2018-24,” the application reads.

Under social housing legislation, an agreement in principle has been reached to transfer 4 two-bed ground floor apartments and 2 three-bed semis to the local authority.

A decision of the application is expected from County Hall at the beginning of September.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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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

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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’

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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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