Three new schools to be built in Lucan

by Gazette Reporter

THREE schools will be built in Lucan next year, although one, St Andrew’s NS, could be delayed on foot of submissions to An Bord Pleanala.
The Department of Education last week announced that Education Minister Ruairi Quinn had given final approval for the construction of the schools, and an extension for Holy Family National School in Rathcoole. While there are no delays envisaged for Esker ETNS and Clonburris Post Primary, An Bord Pleanala is set to rule on submissions in relation to the new site for St Andrew’s NS at St Edmundsbury in January. The submissions relate to traffic congestion and the school has this week taken steps to alleviate that problem by enlisting the services of JJ Kavanagh, who operates the NUI Maynooth shuttle bus, to provide a bus service to carry students to St Andrews.
Reverend Scott Peoples, the chairman of the board of management at St Andrews, said that the board had examined alternative ways of getting children to the school.
“Construction has been delayed due to the submissions to An Bord Pleanala. The board will rule on that in mid-January, but we’re still hopeful of a construction date in the calendar year of 2013.
“The views the submissions take are reasonable. They look at the use of the Lucan Road at rush hour in the morning, but some of the things that the board is proposing will help that,” he said.
Rev Peoples stated that the board had already outlined plans for organised car pooling, walking buses and bicycle ranks at the school to accommodate those who wish to travel by alternative methods, adding that the bus route would require children be in school early, but that this would be catered for with early classes.
“The bus service licenced to NUI Maynooth…would pick up pupils for the school at two major points at Centra in Griffeen and in Adamstown as well at Dublin Bus stops along the Newcastle Road into Lucan.
“Children will be dropped to school at 8am [and] the board are establishing a before-school service for children.
“Pricing for both initiatives is being negotiated at present and will be informed to parents in the New Year.”

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