Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has sought clarification on the building programme now being pursued in respect of the recently opened Kingswood Community College.
Mr O Connor says he has received a number of calls in the matter and the issue is of particular worry to Kingswood Heights Residents Association who in a recent statement pointed out their concerns in three key areas:
1. The significant delay in the construction of the permanent building for the planned 1000 pupils
2. The now real limitations and constraints with the existing temporary buildings to cater for the children already attending Kingswood Community College and those seeking to enroll for the 2017 term
3. The complete lack of any current information in relation to this important development in our area.
According to Charlie O’Connor, these are important issues for the local community and he has made direct contact with Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education & Skills and stressed to the Minister the local concerns.
He had the matter raised in Dail Eireann through a party colleague and the Minister made the following statement
“I am pleased to inform the House that the proposed new post primary school project has recently been authorised to proceed to tender and subject to now issues arising it is envisaged that construction should commence early in 2017.
“Once on site it will take approximately 24 months for the building to be completed.
“Adequate accommodation has already been provided on site to cater for the first year’s enrolment.
“Pending completion of the new building, this accommodation will be enhanced accordingly to bring it in line with future enrolment demands.”