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APPEALS BOARD OVERTURNS GO AHEAD FOR KILCOLGAN DEVELOPMENT

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Date Published: 02-Jan-2009

A major mixed-use development, which was originally given the go-ahead for Kilcolgan, has now been blocked by the Appeals Board.

Walter King was granted planning permission for 56 homes, a creche, shops and offices at Main Street, Kilcolgan.

However appeals against the development were lodged with An Bord Pleanála, which has overruled the County Council and refused permission.

The appeals argued that the mixed use development would impair agricultural activities in the area, particularly horse breeding.

The appeals also argued that the road network in Kilcolgan is inadequate to cater for such a development.

Another claim made by the objectors is that the development would give rise to criminality in the area.

The Appeals Board has ruled that the scale of the proposed development would constitute excessive density.

The Board also states that it would be premature pending a Development Plan for Kilcolgan and the deficiency in public services and community facilities.

Finally in refusing to allow the Kilcolgan development go ahead, the Board states that it would result in an unacceptable risk of pollution of groundwater.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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