Portrane Donabate community seek clarity on new school

by Sylvia Pownall
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Portrane Donabate Community Council has written to Education Minister Joe McHugh seeking clarity around plans to build a new primary school.

According to the Donabate Local Area Plan the first of four schools was due to be built on the Spires East land near Ballymastone. However Fingal County Council has revealed that the first school will be built on the Corballis lands – which was identified in phase three of the LAP.

A spokesperson for the community council said: “We are concerned about the cost implication to the taxpayer on the purchase of the privately-owned Corballis site.

“The Corballis site is unsuitable at this time due to the major infrastructural deficiencies in the area.”

The community council said the roads to Corballis are old country roads with no road marking or lights, whereas there are 1,000 units under construction or in planning on the other side of the railway station closer to the Spires East site.

The spokesperson said: “We are also concerned that the Spires East school will not now be constructed at all meaning there will be three schools instead of the four agreed.”

Donabate Portrane Community Council is concerned about a potential breach of the Fingal Development Plan and the Donabate Local Area Plan which was negotiated with the community.

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