Ed­u­cate To­gether needs to re­lo­cate

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

An Ed­u­cate To­gether School tem­po­rar­ily lo­cated at the for­mer Tea­gasc site in Kin­sealy needs to find an al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion, Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior coun­cil of­fi­cial who crit­i­cised the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s ‘easy ap­proach’ to the lo­ca­tion of the school which has caused con­sid­er­able traf­fic prob­lems in the area.

There were al­ready dif­fi­cul­ties at school peak times at the neigh­bour­ing Nicholas of Myra Pri­mary School be­fore the Ed­u­cate To­gether school moved to the Tea­gasc site which turned a ‘dif­fi­cult but man­age­able sit­u­a­tion’ into some­thing ‘ much, much worse’ ac­cord­ing to Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at the coun­cil, Stephen Pep­pard said that coun­cil plan­ners have ‘ex­pressed the view that the school (the Ed­u­cate To­gether school) should not be there and an al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion should be found’.

He went fur­ther and said the Depar­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion had taken a ‘very easy ap­proach to this, in my view and they’ve cre­ated a prob­lem that they are ask­ing us to solve’.

In a writ­ten re­port on the is­sue, the coun­cil rulled out pro­vid­ing more park­ing space on the road to pro­vide for a drop off area for the two schools.

The coun­cil sug­gested that the ‘ two schools need to en­gage with the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate parkign for both schools’. Mr Pep­pard sug­gested that should be done within the Tea­gasc site.

Cllr Eoghan O’brien (FF) who raised the is­sue said that par­ents from both schools are ask­ing the coun­cil to solve the prob­lem. He said the ‘ bot­tom line’ was that there is ‘plenty of room within the Tea­gasc site’ for a drop off area for par­ents leav­ing their chil­dren to school and pick­ing them up.

He rec­om­mended that a let­ter from the Malahide/howth Area Com­mit­tee go to the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion ask­ing it to li­aise with the prin­ci­pals of both schools on the is­sue.

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) sug­gested the prob­lem had been ex­ac­er­bated by the plac­ing of bol­lards and street fur­ni­ture on a piece of nearby open space that had been tra­di­tion­ally used for park­ing at the schools but he agreed there should be room within the Tea­gasc site for a ded­i­cated drop-off area.

Cllr David Healy (GP) said that the prob­lem proved the need for a lo­cal ‘greenway’ to al­low chil­dren cy­cle to th­ese schools and re­duce the need for cars.

Cllr Eoghan O’brien.

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