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TARMACADAM SURFACE SUGGESTED FOR CITY’S SHOP STREET

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Officials are to examine the possibility of resurfacing the city’s Shop Street and nearby streets in order to make them safer and more wheelchair friendly.

Some councillors suggested replacing the damaged and dangerous cobblestone with tarmacadam, given the high number of falls and lawsuit.

Cllr Declan McDonnell suggested a tarmac pathway each side for wheelchair users as this would be more cost efficient than full tarmacing.

Mr Hayes agreed that a full report would be given to councillors in 6 months time.

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Fallen tree blocks access to Oughterard village

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A fallen tree has blocked access to Oughterard village

The tree is on the road between the Church and Sweeney’s Hotel

Gardai say the road is closed and will be for several hours

A Garda spokesperson says diversions are being put in place

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Car insurance claims in Galway down 35 percent this year

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A new report has found that car insurance claims across Galway fell by over 35 percent this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study by HelloSafe reveals that the drop in claims by motorists across the county saved insurance companies almost €16m.

The saving is attributed to the ongoing pandemic, which has seen considerably reduced traffic on the roads.

Dublin had the biggest drop in claims – down 49 percent – followed by Louth, Galway, Kildare, and Cork.

The lowest figure was recorded in Co. Leitrim, where claims dropped by just 19 percent.

The report says policy holders should expect a discount on their premiums in the long run.

But motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert says drivers shouldn’t hold their breath – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Green light for mixed use development in Knocknacarra, despite residents’ concerns

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A controversial plan for a mixed use development at a brownfield site in Knocknacarra has been given the thumbs up by An Bord Pleanála.

The project, which includes a restaurant and bar, is led by Highcross Developments Limited and had been the subject of an appeal by a residents’ association.

Permission had been granted by the city council in June for the construction of a restaurant/bar, two retail units and six apartments at the site at the junction of the Clybaun road and the Western Distributor Road.

The plans also involved the demolition of an existing two-storey detached dwelling and the construction of a mixed use building over a basement to the height of four storeys.

The development was designed to feature a mix of two and three bedroom apartments and 72 carparking spaces at a site opposite the Clybaun Hotel.

In an appeal from a residents’ association, concerns were raised that the site is currently zoned for residential use and it was argued the development’s non residential activities are not in keeping with the Galway City Development plan.

Other issues highlighted in the appeal included over commercialization of the area, noise concerns, parking and the design of the building itself.

An Bord Pleanála has approved the development with 18 revised conditions.

One states the proposed vehicular entrance off the Western Distributor Road is to be omitted and provision is to be made for an entry/exit point on Clybaun Road.

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