Stagg Slams Delay in Acquiring Site for Celbridge Education Campus

Calls for Design Team to be appointed

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Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg has slammed the delay in progressing the acquisition of a site for the New Celbridge Community School, New St. Patrick's Primary School and New St. Raphael's Special School at Donaghcumper, Celbridge.

It is now 20 months since agreement in principle to acquire the site was agreed and the acquisition is supposed to have been prioritised within the Department since last March.

Last March, stated Mr. Stagg the Minister advised that 'agreement in principle to acquire the site has been reached.' 

"Subsequently, work has been continuing in liaison with the landowner in question and Kildare County Council in addressing technical considerations crucial to the delivery of the site and the commencement of the legal conveyancing process. Due to reasons of commercial sensitivity I am unable to elaborate further at this point but please rest assured that efforts to secure the site are ongoing and are being prioritised."

This week stated Mr. Stagg the Minister advised that 'the position is that work is progressing and ongoing with the landowner in question and Kildare County Council in addressing technical considerations crucial to the delivery of the site and the commencement of the legal conveyancing process. Due to reasons of commercial sensitivity I am unable to elaborate further at this point'.

"So despite the acquisition being prioritised in March and agreement in principle reached 20 months ago, the project remains on hold, which is very disappointing," stated Mr. Stagg.

"We need this deal concluded and a Design Team appointed as a matter of urgency," he declared.

Mr. Stagg stated that the New Celbridge Community School when built will cater for 750 students and will comprise 36 classrooms, PE Hall, General Purpose Hall and 2 Special Needs Classrooms. The school is currently temporarily located opposite the Salesians.

The New St. Patrick's Primary School, which is currently housed in temporary accommodation at Celbridge GAA Grounds on the Hazelhatch Road, will be a 16 classroom school with a General Purpose Hall and 2 Special Needs classrooms. The New St. Raphael's Special School will replace the existing school building which was built in 1972.

In conclusion Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg stated that he would keep the pressure on the Minister and his officials to conclude the acquisition of the site and to appoint a Design Team for the Celbridge Education Campus, as the current delays are simply unacceptable.