By Kim O'Leary
Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg has again contacted the Minister for Education in relation to progressing the acquisition of a site for the New Celbridge Community College and New St. Patricks Primary School at Donaghcumper, Celbridge, and in particular the appointment of a Design team to progress the planning for the schools, which has to be secured before the purchase of the site is completed.
The Minister has advised Mr. Stagg that engagement with the vendor of the site is still ongoing in respect of outstanding clarifications regarding the proposed acquisition.
The Minister further advised Mr. Stagg that the appointment of a design team cannot be progressed at this time but officials are working to do so as soon as possible.
Mr. Stagg stated that he was 'not aware what clarifications were being sought from the vendor but described the delay in appointing a design team is disappointing given the urgent need to get the schools into planning and then construction.' He said that there was an 'agreement in principle to acquire the site over a year ago'.
Mr. Stagg stated that the New Celbridge Community College 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.
In conclusion Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg stated that he would continue to press the Minister to progress the planning for the two new schools as a matter of urgency.
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