Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education that the go ahead has been given for Castleknock Community College and St Brigid’s NS, Castleknock to prepared tender documents for refurbishment and extension works.
“I’m very pleased that the Minister has given approval to Castleknock Community College and St Bridgets NS, Castleknock to prepared tender documents for refurbishment and extension work. It’s great news for the schools involved. Parents and teachers have lobbied incredibly hard for these improvements and have suffered disappointments along the way”.
“The fact that the Department of Education has now given permission for the schools to draw up tender documents indicates that these projects are well on their way”.
“The Department of Education has also announced that both Tyrrelstown Educate Together and Mulhuddart NS will be given permission to appoint design teams to begin the process of designing brand new schools at Tyrrestown”.
The news on the schools in Dublin 15 were among 52 building and refurbishment projects announced. It is part of the Government’s €579 school building project.
“In government, the Green Party has consistently pushed the need to invest in education, particularly during the recession, as a way of securing our long term prosperity. Today’s announcements in Dublin 15 and across the country will benefit more than 23,500 students in terms of new or improved school facilities”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has demanded that villages in Dublin 15 get protection from inappropriate development and that this be written into the new Fingal County Development Plan. He was speaking after the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a large development in Castleknock village.
“Like everyone else in the area, I am hugely disappointed to see the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a large development in Castleknock village. Along with local residents, I objected to the development and made a submission to the appeal to the Board. In light of the decision, I’m calling on our local councillors to ensure that villages such as Blanchardstown and Clonsilla are given specific protection from high rise buildings and that this is written into the new Fingal County Development Plan.”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“What has happened in Castleknock should be a lesson to us all. Where there is undeveloped land close to the centre of a village, there needs to be specific local area objectives put into the new County Development, stating that buildings cannot be constructed over a certain height. Planning bodies like An Bord Pleanala will be bound by these and this will stop them granting permission for inappropriate developments”.
“I think our councillors let us down in the last Development Plan by not having the foresight to realise that open space, like the one in Castleknock, was clearly a magnet for big property developers, looking to squeeze as many buildings onto it as they could”.
“In Blanchardstown village, we already know there are proposals to allow high rise buildings of five or even six stories on sites like Superquinn and on the Bell pub. These were contained in a recent Draft Urban Strategy for the village. It is essential that our local councillors act to have local objectives inserted into the new Development Plan, stating that high rise will not be permitted here”.
“I’ll be keeping up pressure on our local representatives, to make sure that the same mistake that was made in Castleknock isn’t made again”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.