Galway Bay fm newsroom – A special meeting of Galway City Councillors will be held in March regarding the proposed city port expansion.
Galway Harbour Company lodged the eight folder planning application with An Bord Pleanala last month.
The 27 hectare extension aims to move commercial shipping out of the medieval harbour into a purpose built multi-modal port which would accommodate much larger vessels.
It’s hoped all four stages of the project could be complete by 2017.
City Manager told councilors at last evening’s meeting that the special meeting will allow for observations only on a report from the executive.
Such observations would then be included as an appendix to the report from the executive to the board.
The meeting is expected to take place on March 24th.
High-speed broadband to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom – High-speed broadband infrastructure is to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore in the coming weeks.
Parts of Renville, Maree Road, and Ballynamanagh East in Clarinbridge are to be among the first areas to be connected to the high-speed network in 2021.
It’s part of National Broadband Ireland’s €153-milliion investment in Galway that sets out to have nearly 40,000 premises connected in locations where commercial operators have indicated that they will not be providing such services.
Minister of State and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton says the roll-out will equip homes with standard 500 MB download speeds once connected.
Over 3,500 premises have been surveyed to date in Galway and network designs have been completed for the delivery of a fibre-to-the-home network in these areas.
Public consultation launched on Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation has been launched on the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029.
The plan will provide a framework for how the city will grow and develop during that time.
The new plan will build on the current Galway City Development Plan, which runs until 2023.
It’ll focus on a wide range of issues including housing, transportation, economic activity, climate change, community development, recreation facilities, parks, open spaces, arts, culture, heritage, and tourism.
Galway City Council is inviting everyone including residents, community groups and business owners who live or work within the city boundaries, to have their say on its future direction and growth.
The local authority says it’s particularly interested in hearing the views of children and young people in Galway City.
The public consultation is open until Friday, March 5th.
Submissions or observations can be made online at consult.galwaycity.ie – through post to the planning department at City Hall – or by emailing email@example.com.
A series of public online meetings will also be held by The Galway City Community Network next month to discuss the development plan.
They’ll be themed ‘townhall’ style virtual meetings that will focus on specific topics on various dates between Wednesday, February 3rd and Monday the 22nd.
City Council faces calls to respond to An Taisce report concerning raw sewage at River Corrib and Galway Bay
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway City Council to respond to an An Taisce study which reported that large quantities of raw sewage are entering the River Corrib and Galway Bay.
The study compiled in Autumn 2020 states that the equivalent of 35 swimming pools of wastewater are entering the bodies of water in the city each month.
The investigation also claims the council failed to report frequent discharges of wastewater containing untreated sewage as individual incidents to the EPA.
City Councillor John Connolly has said the report indicates the Local Authority may have breached European regulations.
He’s calling for the council to provide more frequent updates on water quality in the city….