PA approves development of a second primary school in St Paul’s Bay
The Planning Authority Board yesterday approved the development of a second primary school in St Paul’s Bay, which is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2018.
The site is located close to the Qawra Church, on Annetto Caruana Street corner with Triq Il-Port Ruman.
The application was submitted in order to alleviate the pressure on the current primary school due to the amount of students already there. The new school is expected to house some 700 students and around 70 staff
Previous reports by The Malta Independent said that the issue of overcrowding in the current school serving St Paul’s Bay, Qawra and Bugibba areas has been on the agenda of the current and previous government for close to six years.
The new site will require around 100 parking spots as well as a drop-off point. However, the architect representing the developer said that over 300 parking spaces will be created through a two-storey car park. The two levels of the car park are not interlinked, so one storey can be used for the school, and the other for the public, he said. After school hours, both levels can be used for the public, he added. There are roughly 185 spaces per storey.
Sports facilities will also be built and there will also be a threelevel atrium.
The case officer, who recommended the application for approval, said that the current existing school does not have space to expand and deal with the number of students in the area.