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Strong reaction from public as consultation underway on new urban centre in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a strong reaction from the public to multi-million euro plans to develop a major new urban quarter near Eyre Square.
A public consultation meeting is taking place today on plans earmarked for an 8.2 acre site beside Ceannt Railway Station, adjacent to Eyre Square.
The mixed-use development would include hundreds of apartments, office space, retail and commerical units and a hotel.
It’s hoped construction could begin in around three years and all going well, an estimated completion date of 2025 has been given.
The public consultation is taking place at the Tribeton Building at Merchants Road since midday and will remain open until 9pm.
Consultant Michael Parker says housing and traffic are the biggest issues raised by the public.
We will feature an extended piece from the open day on FYI Galway from 5…

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IT glitch causes problems for Tuam sludge hub public consultation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

An IT glitch has caused problems in the public consultation process for a proposed sludge hub in Tuam.

Irish Water are warning that email submissions made between the start of consultation and the 10th of October may not have been received due to a technical issue with the body’s email.

Anyone who emailed a submission during this time is advised to resubmit before next months deadline.

Submissions were opened on the 24th of September and were originally due to close today, but have now been extended to the 5th of November.

Irish Water has published a site selection methodology report which identifies Tuam and Sligo as potential sludge hub centres for the northwest.

The National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan estimates that by 2040 around 50,000 truck-loads of sludge will be generated each year.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Sean Canney says the people of Tuam neither want nor need a sludge hub centre in the town.

Minister Canney says now that Bord na Mona are entering the waste management sector, that Irish Water need to abandon the current plan and look at working with the semi-state body towards a solution that’s acceptable to all stakeholders.

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Developer says there’s no agreement with the council to purchase Gort housing estate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The developer of a housing estate in Gort says there is no agreement with Galway County Council to purchase the 138 houses

Concern was expressed at this week’s meeting of the County Council over the future use of the housing estate being developed at Gort Road

Councillor P J Murphy said there were suggestions the County Council wants to buy all 138 houses to accommodate people on the housing list.

However, a statement issued this afternoon on behalf of the developer -Newmar Global Developments Limited – says this is not accurate

It says there is no agreement with the council to purchase 138 houses

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

There are 46 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway today, which makes it the joint second most overcrowded nationally

That’s according to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

UHG and Cork University Hospital are below University Hospital Limerick where 63 people are awaiting beds

Nationally, 572 patients are on trolleys today across the country awaiting admission

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