County Council News, March 2009

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Road at Prospect Bridge

While there is no doubt the state of the local roads in the area is terrible in places, there is

some good news on the roads front. The Roads Programme 2009 has been passed by Galway

County Council and there are major investments in the Athenry area. I hope there will be no

further cuts to an already restricted budget as there are whispers that, even though it’s approved, there may be more bad news for local roads in the April Budget.

However, fingers crossed, these are some of the grants approved:

Monivea  -Carnmore €500,00

Bridge Improvements at Prospect €90,000

Garbally – Colemanstown €106,00O

Belville €l88,000

Gloves €27,000

Killora Cemetery Road, Kilquain, Roo, Derryhoyle — Total €200,000

Kiltullagh Cemetery Road €47,000

Templemartin €26,000,

Craughwell – Ganty €202,000

Clooncah — Attymon €79,000

Kiltullagh — Attymon €50,000

Derrydonnell €45,000,

Blean — Rahard €20,000

Town Maintenance €20,O0O

Progress on Knockaunglas Car Park

I have written a number of times regarding the slow progress on the proposed car park on the OPW site beside the Boys’ School. The County Council have plans for a 28 space long term car park on the site but has found it difficult to get access from the Office of Public Works.

I’m pleased to say that the OPW has now agreed to make the site available on a leased basis to the Council and, subject to the lease being drawn up and planning approval, work should start in the next couple of months.

This will be a valuable addition to parking on this side of the town and it will help greatly the access to the Boys’ School as it will double up as a drop off facility at mornings and afternoons with safe access to the school grounds.

I would like to thank Minister Michael Kitt T.D. who was very helpful in dealing with delays encountered and I expect the facility to be open for the September school re-opening.

Affordable Houses at Gortnahown

The Affordable Housing Scheme at Gortnahown (on the Pound Road between Joyces Supermarket and the Cemetery Cross Road) is now almost complete and will be soon made available to applicants. These houses will be purchased by applicants who must show that they do not own a house already and are in a position to fund a mortgage.

Therefore, this very well finished estate will be sold to owner / occupiers who will be young people in the main getting an opportunity to own their own homes at a reasonable cost.

This Article was first published in East Galway News and Views, March/April 2009

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About this record

Written by Peter Feeney

Published here 19 Apr 2024 and originally published March 2009

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