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Setback for planned pastoral centre in Bushypark

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a pastoral centre in Bushypark have hit a significant setback.
St. James Parish Council has sought to build the centre and effluent treatment plant at St. James Church and Cemetry on Ballagh Road.
Proposed works include replacing front brick piers and rails with stonework planters, carpark layout revisions, and a public notice board sign.
The project received the go-ahead in May subject to 12 conditions.
However it is now subject to a third party appeal by a group of almost 30 members of the Bushypark community.
The first appellant has raised concerns regarding its location, its design and appearance, effluent treatment and resulting traffic hazards.
Another group of 27 members of the parish argue that there is no justifiable need for the development.
The group also states that the proposed location, height and scale of the development would adversely affect the character of St James Church and Graveyard and could endanger public safety due to traffic hazards.
An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the case in October .

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Galway pupils collect 5 tonnes of litter through “Picker Pals” programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway schools collected 5 tonnes of litter for their schools last year – through the 2021 Picker Pals programme.

66 different schools across the county took part in the national initiative – which aims to encourage children to contribute to a better environment through fun-based activities.

With 75 spaces still available on this year’s programme – schools are being encouraged to get involved once again.

Programme Manager, Angela Kenny – says the feedback from pupils, teachers and parents has been hugely positive.

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City Council defends issuing of zero fines for dog fouling last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has moved to defend the fact it issued no fines for dog fouling last year.

It was one of several local authorities nationwide who failed to issue fines – but it points out that it has achieved significant reductions in dog fouling through other initiatives.

Dog poo – for many, a blight on the landscape all too commonly found abandoned on our streets, footpaths, amenity areas and green spaces.

And if you don’t pick up after your dog, you can face an on the spot fine of €150.

But in Galway City, there wasn’t a single fine issued last year.

The county fared little better, with just two fines issued by Galway County Council.

Galway City Council says it should be noted that litter fines for dog fouling are hard to issue, because the warden has to catch the dog in the act.

It adds it’s also difficult to get details of the person responsible for the dog.

But it does point to the successful rollout of the “Clean It Up, You Dirty Pup” campaign last June at various locations across Galway City.

The initiative, which worked closely with local communities, led to a reduction of 60 percent in dog fouling in 5 trial areas over a 6 week period.

Image by Adriano Gadini from Pixabay

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Garda appeal over office furniture dumped and burned in Castlegar

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are appealing for information after a large haul of office furniture was dumped and burned in Castlegar.

The incident took place at Ballintemple/Brocklagh during Race Week between the 25th and the 31st of July.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí or Galway County Council Waste Management.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Garda Marcus Flynn has this advice for anyone who has doubts about waste management contractors.

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