Council News September 2017

Athenry Sewage Scheme

County Galway based con tractor Ward & Burke has been appointed to carry out the major upgrade of the Athenry Sewage  Plant located at the rear of the Mart, off the motorway slip road.

Over €2m will be spent on the works which will modernise the plant, make it more efficient and increase its capacity to cater for a population equivalent to 9,000.

Work will begin in the coming weeks and will pave the way for a major upgrade and extension of the Sewage Network which will begin in 2018.

Presentation College New Build

Work will begin in the next few weeks on the new school for Presentation College, Athenry.  Rhattigan Contractors have been appointed to build the school which will cos i the region of €12m to €14m including an upgrade to the road system at the entrance.

This news is long awaited and very welcome.  Students should be moving by mid-2019.

Footpath Improvements

Following numerous requests to slow down traffic close to Londis on the Tuam Road, the Council has put a ramp in place there.  In addition the footpath has been replaced and the entrance to Cullairbaun Estate improved.

Footpath and road replacement is also taking place at Prospect, which is very welcome.  The road surface will be renewed from the Derrydonnell roundabout at Newford to the Bridgewater Shopping Centre.  Footpath installation and improvement is in the immediate pipeline or the Monivea Road and the Newline.

M17/M18 Opening

By the time you read this the motorway from Gort to Tuam will be open  The 58km stretch is one of the longest motorway sections to be built in the county and places Athenry firmly at the crossroads of the West of Ireland.  It brings Knock and Shannon Airports very close to in terms of time and can only be good for the future of Athenry.

Clarin College

Final pre-planning is being completed for the new Clarin College premises to be built on the former Teagasc lands at Prospect.  I expect a planning application will be lodged in the coming weeks with approval and work to begin hopefully in the first half of 2018.

Cllr. Peter Feeney