Galway Bay fm newsroom– A secondary school in Tuam has been given approval to make some changes.
The county council has granted planning permission to the Board of Management of St. Jarlath’s College to convert 4 classrooms on the first floor into 2 new classrooms.
However, the council has refused permission for the element of the plans that would have involved the demolition of a ball court, which has been described as a ‘magnet’ for anti-social behaviour.
St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam is a protected structure.
The school has been given approval to convert 4 classrooms on the first floor into two new classrooms.
However, planners have refused to allow the college demolish a ball court, despite the argument that it has become an attraction for anti-social behaviour and weekend drinking.
In refusing permission for the demolition element of the plans, council planners state that the ball court, albeit constructed in the 1950s, contributes to the surrounding protected structure.
Therefore, they state that its demolition would have a serious detrimental impact on the setting of the protected nearby church and would impact on the character of the area.
Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.
Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.
At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.
While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.
Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.
CEO of Galway Chamber takes aim at social media “celebrations” over quashing of Ring Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Galway Chamber says he was angered to see some of the “celebrations” on social media over the technical quashing of the Galway Ring Road.
It follows final orders issued in the High Court this week in judicial review actions taken against the granting of permission.
The green light from An Bord Pleanala was quashed, because it failed to take into account the Government’s newest Climate Action Plan.
A planning application for the €600m project will now have to be reconsidered by the planning body – though it will not be going fully back to the drawing board.
It’s not known how long the process might take or when we might expect a final answer.
Speaking to Galway Talks, CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery said there’s little reason for celebration.
Galway Mountain Rescue aid hypothermic walkeron Maumtrasna
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mountain Rescue have taken part in an operation to rescue a lost walker suffering from hypothermia – on Maumtrasna Mountain in Co. Mayo.
The solo walker became exhausted and lost in poor weather conditions late yesterday afternoon.
Galway Mountain Rescue worked with Mayo Mountain Resuce and Rescue 118 helicopter – to locate the casulty in fading light.
They were suffering from hypothermia and were unable to walk off the mountain – and were successfully airlifted to Mayo General Hospital.