Educate Together needs to relocate
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.