O’Connor demands action on Kingswood Community College

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Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has called on Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Education and Skills to explain what is going on in respect of the Permanent Building Programme for Kingswood Community College which is currently operating in pre-fabs.

It was always understood that the permanent building would be available for pupils in 2018 but information has recently emerged that the building will not now be ready for occupation until September 2019.

Cllr O’Connor says the delay is causing concern in the local community.

In its statement on the matter, the Kingswood Heights Residents Association said:

“Residents in Kingswood received an update through their door about the progress of the tender phase of the build.

“However, as far as KHRA are aware the tender has not been submitted and they are even further behind then indicated in correspondence (which also stated the building should be ready in Sept 19, which is almost a year after the original announced date).”

O’Connor was also told by the Association that parents need to know the full and accurate facts about the progress of the project so that they can make an informed decision about where to send their children to school.

He said:

“A delay in the construction is bad enough, but to be misinformed about the project progression means parents are making very important decisions for their children based on wrong information.

“The parents need to be able to distinguish between dates for the expansion of temporary buildings and the completion of permanent structures.”

The matter has now been the subject of correspondence by Cllr O’Connor to the Minister demanding clarification.

He has written on two occasions to the CEO, Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board but received no response to date, and also raised the matter at the January meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee.

At that meeting members agreed on his proposal that the Chief Executive write to the Chief Executive of Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board seeking an update on plans for the development of the permanent building for Kingswood Community College and also asking for assurances in respect of concerns expressed by Kingswood Residents Association that the Permanent Building Programme should not be the subject of any delays.

Cllr O’Connor added that this is an important issue for the local community who need to know the exact position.