Saggart set for new Community Centre after site purchase

by Padraig Conlon

Saggart is set to get a new €1 million community centre after the local council acquired a site.

South Dublin County Council last week officially purchased the old schoolhouse in Saggart which will be refurbished into a Community Centre.

The completion of the deal, which had been delayed due to issues over ownership, is the culmination of many years of hard work by the local community.

Local Fine Gael Councillor Emer Higgins has welcomed the progress on the Community Centre.

“South Dublin County Council signed on the dotted line for the old schoolhouse in Saggart,” she said.

“This investment would not have happened without the local residents who campaigned for the Council to purchase the building when it was up for sale.

“This progress is a testament to their commitment and community spirit “said Cllr Higgins.

Local residents have campaigned for years after identifying the old School building as the perfect place to locate a badly needed community facility.

It is hoped the new facility will serve as a meeting place for all the community, old and young.

“It is over-due progress, because we had expected the deal to be signed last year, but ownership issues created legal delays,” Cllr Higgins said.

“I’ll be putting pressure on the Council to make up for the delay by accelerating the planned works programme.

“Councillors have approved €1m over a two-year period to purchase and renovate the building to turn it into a Community Centre.

“Saggart has a growing population and when you look at it together with Citywest, it’s one of the fastest growing areas in Dublin.

“It makes sense to invest in amenities that will help develop community spirit in the area.

 “Councillors have also approved funding for the development of a Community Centre in Newcastle and we’re on the look-out for a building there,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

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