Edenderry schools get green light

There’s good news for Edenderry this week with permission granted for one new school and it’s expected that permission will be granted for a second.

There’s good news for Edenderry this week with permission granted for one new school and it’s expected that permission will be granted for a second.

The two schools will provide permenant homes for Scoil Bhride and the Gaelscol.

Last week the Gaelscoil Eadain Doire received the news that planning permission had been granted for a new eight classroom school.

The two storey building, which will be located at Killane in Edenderry, will consist of a single/two storey building with a total internal floor area of 1363m2. This consists of eight classrooms, a general purpose room, library, support accommodation and all ancillary works. This also includes for the provision of 19 on site car parking spaces, vehicular access roads, set down area, pedestrian access pathways, ball court, play area, bin store, bicycle shelters, oil storage tank, onsite foul drainage system, surface water attenuation, signage and landscaping as part of the overall site development works on a site area of circa. 1.264 hectares.

It’s also expected by the time of print, that permission will also be granted for a second primary school for Scoil Bhride.

The new two-storey primary school will have 30 classrooms, including a six classroom special needs unit, a general purpose room, libraries, support accommodation and all ancillary works. this includes for the provision of 70 on site car parking spaces, vehicular access roads, set down area, pedestrian access pathways, ball courts, play areas, bin store, bicycle shelters, oil storage tank, onsite foul drainage system, surface water attenuation, signage and landscaping as part of the overall site development works on a site area of circa. 2.085 hectares.

Edenderry Cllr Noel Bourke has welcomed the new schools, saying at present classes are conducted in temporary accommodation in a busy part of the town which is not appropriate for a primary school for a number of reasons. “The new school, which is included in the school building programme of the Department of Education, will be very welcome especially by all with a direct involvement with the Gaelscoil.”

Cllr Bourke said that a separate planning application is being processed at present for a new primary school building for Scoil Bhride to be built on the same site as the Gaelscoil and he expects that this will be granted by the time of publication.

He said at present Scoil Bhride is operating from prefabricated buildings which have served the school well as a short term measure and the new building, which is also on the school building programme of the Department of Education, is a necessity.

“I want to compliment the Principals, Boards of Management and staff in both schools on the great work done to date on developing the student base to their current levels,” said Cllr Bourke. He said that with the two existing St Mary’s Primary schools along with Scoil Bhride and the Gaelscoil parents in the Edenderry catchment area now have a great choice of schools to which they can send their children. He said that he would have preferred the new schools to be located in a more central part of the town but this was the location selected by the Department of Education and to raise objections at this time would delay indefinitely the provision of the schools which are so badly needed.

Cllr Bourke said that he looks forward to the tender process for the two new school buildings commencing in the not too distant future and construction work on the buildings getting underway at the earliest possible date. He said that he will continue to monitor progress.

Meanwhile Cllr Bourke has been in contact with Offaly County Council regarding the access road to the two schools to be built at Killane in Edenderry.

“I have been told that planning permission is in place for both the access road to the schools and right turning lane on the road from Killane Cross to the junction at Monasteroris and the preparation of tender documentation has commenced,” commented Cllr Bourke

He noted that when all of the necessary documentation between the Council and the contractor is in order work will get underway.

“Offaly County Council is anxious for this work to get underway at the earliest possible date and this is likely to be in the last quarter of the year,” said Cllr Bourke. He said that traffic management issues at Killane Cross and the junction at Monasteroris will be addressed as part of the planning permission for the schools.