At the January Meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District we received a briefing on the upcoming review of the Galway County Development Plan 2021-2027. The public consultations will be advertised in the newspapers and on social media. We also received a presentation from the Galway Volunteer Centre and a deputation from representatives of Athenry Businesses. At the meeting I pledged to work with our local businesses on their infrastructure action plan for Athenry.
I had the opportunity to put forward 2 motions and I was very happy to have the support of my Municipal District colleagues. Parking at Oranmore Train Station is oversubscribed, I have proposed that Galway County Council ask Apcoa to extend the free parking at Athenry Train Station for a four-month period to observe parking behaviour at the two stations. I hope that this observation with be a good indicator of the parking needs of commuters and result in an appropriate solution.
School Streets is an initiative gathering popularity internationally and locally. Our neighbours in Oranmore have done and continue to do a considerable amount of work in relation to implementing School Streets in Oranmore and I have proposed a motion that Galway County Council would work with the committee in relation to the successful implementation in Oranmore.
In Athenry, I received an excellent letter from the Green School’s Committee in Scoil Chroí Naofa before Christmas. The 4th and 5th class committee conducted a travel audit and have made some very good recommendations in relation to making the footpaths and roads safer to travel to school on. I am committed to working with the committee and our local area office on the implementation of these recommendations and I look forward to seeing the benefits to our Community.
The following news is also welcomed that building will commence on the Bia Innovator Hub at Mellows Campus this year, the Clarin College will move to their new school between February and March and that the Gealscoil Campus plans are about to move to design stage. We really have a lot to celebrate in the community in 2020.
In the community this past month we have set up a Taskforce on Crime Prevention and a Taskforce for Tourism and the Promotion of Athenry. I have applied for funding under the Economic Development Community Support Scheme for money towards the development of a Festival for Lady Day and I await the outcome. I have also asked the Walled Town Committee if we could work together and have the two festivals on the same weekend and I await their response. I believe working together to maximise the visitor experience to our beautiful town is the way forward.
Don’t forget, on February 7th we will have the Athenry leg of the Galway Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony commencing at 6pm in town. Keep an eye out for more details. Ar aghaidh an Gaillimh!
If you would like more information or would like to join either of these groups don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 0872871355