Plans approved for Spiddal Primary Care Centre

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Galway County Council has given the green light for the construction of a primary care centre in Spiddal.

The plans by Bail Éamoinn Teoranta are for a two storey primary care centre, with 28 therapy and consultancy rooms, on the north side of the R336 at the east edge of the village.

The development would involve upgrades to a portion of the Baile Eamonn Road, construction of a section of the relief road, including a footpath, and aright turning lane off the R336.

As the site is within the Gaeltacht area, a Linguistic Impact Statement was submitted with the planning application, which said that priority will be given to the Irish language in all areas such as signage, and staff hiring.

The developer will also have to enter into an agreement with Irish Water to fund further upgrades to the new wastewater treatment plant under construction, to accommodate the full capacity of the centre.

Planning permission for the Primary Care Centre was granted by Galway County Council with 22 conditions attached.

Baile Éamoinn Teoranta must pay the county council a contribution of €19,489.73 towards the provision of public services, and another contribution of an unspecified amount towards the creation of a right-hand turning lane on the R336 road.

A minimum of 10% of all parking spaces for the centre must be fitted with electric vehicle charging points, and all services cables must be in underground ducting.