Thousands of people in the local community of Ballinasloe have today won a battle against a permit to prevent a waste transfer station being located in the town.
More than two thousand submissions objecting to the permit for the waste transfer station at the Poolboy location were lodged with Galway County Council.
People were seriously concerned about the potential impact on the environment locating such a facility close to low-lying areas of the floodplains of the River Suck.
They also raised concerns about the potential for hundreds of waste vehicles navigating through the East Galway town on a weekly basis and also the potential damage to tourism in the region.
Today the county council has refused to grant a permit to the applicant on the basis that the applicant didn't provide enough evidence to demonstrate that there would be no adverse impact to the environment.
Fine Gael councillor and General Election candidate for Roscommon-Galway Aisling Dolan says today's decision to refuse the permit is a major relief to residents and businesses in Ballinasloe.