Dead­lock is over as St Joseph’s agree­ment is reached

SITE WILL BE USED FOR SO­CIAL HOUS­ING

Gorey Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By BREN­DAN KEANE

AN AGREE­MENT has fi­nally been reached be­tween the St Michael’s Par­ish Fi­nance Com­mit­tee and Wex­ford County Coun­cil in re­la­tion to the devel­op­ment of St Joseph’s old school site, pic­tured, in Wex­ford Street, Gorey.

The an­nounce­ment was made by the par­ish com­mit­tee yes­ter­day and re­lates to the pro­vi­sion of what it says is ‘much needed hous­ing for the com­mu­nity’ on the site of the old school. In a state­ment the com­mit­tee said: ‘A lot of care­ful and skilled con­sid­er­a­tion on the part of the par­ish has taken place over the past few years and we would like to thank Wex­ford County Coun­cil of­fi­cials for their mea­sured en­gage­ment through­out the process.’

The state­ment also said that the priests of the par­ish and the fi­nance com­mit­tee mem­bers

will ‘con­tinue to work in the best in­ter­ests of the parish­ioners’.

Cllr Mal­colm Byrne wel­comed the news and said it is bril­liant for the town. ‘This is very pos­i­tive news that agree­ment has been reached be­tween Wex­ford County Coun­cil and St Michael’s Par­ish, Gorey, that the site will re­vert to the Coun­cil and the Coun­cil has com­mit­ted that the land will be used pri­mar­ily for so­cial and shel­tered hous­ing,’ he said.

‘I would pay trib­ute to those who ne­go­ti­ated the deal on both sides in the in­ter­ests of Gorey and meet­ing lo­cal hous­ing needs,’ he added. ‘There are still a few hur­dles for the coun­cil to jump but we are com­mit­ted to meet­ing so­cial hous­ing needs on this site.’

‘The St Joseph’s site was a long lease from the coun­cil for a school and agree­ment is now in place for the site to re­vert.’

Cllr Byrne has raised is­sues re­lat­ing to the state of the site since St Joseph’s school moved to Creagh and he said he was glad that a res­o­lu­tion has been found.

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