PA approves de­vel­op­ment of a sec­ond pri­mary school in St Paul’s Bay

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

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.

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