Plan for school is picking up pace

by Gazette Reporter

St Mochta’s National School has submitted its long awaited planning application for the construction of a new school on the existing site.
The school has been pushing for a new building for a number of years and the process had slowed down last year as the school had to wait over four months for a date for its planning Stage 2A meeting with the Department of Education.
Tanaiste Joan Burton has welcomed the submission saying: “The planning application is a very positive step forward for the school, and I am conscious that the school has a strong case for this project.
“I met the school’s representatives on this matter, and was delighted to be able to arrange a meeting for them with my colleague, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, to push the project forward.
“The board of management set up a special task force on this issue several years ago, and it has been very successful in driving forward the plans.
“The members of the task force are to be commended for getting the project to this stage already, and I wish all involved well with its future progress.”
Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (GP) also welcomed the submission saying: “I warmly welcome this application for the rebuilding of a new school at St Mochta’s.
“This is a really large national school with four separate streams, giving 32 classes in total.
“The current school is absolutely no longer fit for purpose. The existing building is far too small for the population of over 800 pupils. Some of the prefabs in which students are taught are dark and extremely damp.
“A task force was established by the school’s board of management a number of years ago, to progress this building project.
“It has gone to great lengths to keep both the school community and those living in the vicinity informed about the development.
“A big school like St Mochta’s generates significant traffic. A lot of work in designing the layout of the new building has focused on reducing this as much as possible.
“Once finished, the new layout will have a much larger drop off area for parents, which will no longer be directly on the Porterstown Road. This will go some way to reducing current levels of congestion.
“The architects have also incorporated the old ‘White School’ building into the new design, so this Clonsilla landmark will be preserved and continue to have a function in the school.
“Real thought and attention has gone into the planning of this new school building.
“WI strongly support it and I hope that it is swiftly granted planning permission by the Fingal County Council planners.”

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