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Traffic and pollution among main concerns over planned urban village at Ardaun

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Traffic, pollution and the need to preserve the Irish language are among the main concerns of the Galway public in relation to the development of a new ‘urban village’ at Ardaun.
The City chief’s report on submissions received on the draft Ardaun Local Area Plan has been presented to councillors at City Hall this afternoon.
The Ardaun plan aims to develop the area as a people and business friendly urban village, well connected with the greater city and its environs, where a sustainable framework for private and public investment is available.
It covers the period from 2018-2024.
The document outlines plans for an ‘urban design framework’ which would allow mixed-use zones including business and residential properties around a new village centre, as well as recreation and amenity zones.
The plan was put on public display in September, and 44 submissions were received.
A variety of concerns have been raised under the heading of traffic, public transport, pollution, and heritage.
These include concerns over the increased traffic volumes in the area, and the ability of the road network to cope.
There are also fears that the Doughiska Road will become a rat-run.
Pedestrians and cyclists say the council is being unrealistic in advocating for increased bus routes and pedestrian or cycle routes.
There’s also concern that the location is hostile to pedestrians and cyclists, in particular children.
In terms of pollution, submissions have been lodged regarding the potential impact of the plan on the environment.
It’s been suggested that trees should be planted along roads in the area to mitigate any noise and air pollution.
One submission suggests the area be called by its Irish name, ‘Na hArdáin,’ while another says heritage areas such as Bothar na Caillighe must be protected.
The plan still has a number of phases to go through before councillors decide whether or not to adopt it.
This afternoon, councillors are discussing a series of material alterations to the plan.
Once agreement is reached at council level, the changes will go back out on public display.

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304 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 304 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening.

47 coronavirus patients are in hospital, with 13 in intensive care.

210 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Ireland so far.

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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.

Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.

However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.

Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.

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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.

At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.

They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.

They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.

For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.

Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.

However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.

It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.

Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.

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