Sunday 18 November 2018

Conveyancing 'advanced' for Swords school

Mark McDonald, new principal at Swords Community College
Mark McDonald, new principal at Swords Community College

While the delivery of a new secondary school for Malahide and Portmarnock continues to be delayed, it appears there is light at the end of the tunnel for a new post-primary school in Swords which has also seen its delivery date pushed back a year.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has said the delivery of the new secondary school for Swords is of the utmost importance in terms of ensuring adequate capacity exists to provide for every child in the local community' and has received confirmation from the Department of Education that the conveyancing process for a site for the new school is 'at an advanced stage'.

Deputy Farrell said: 'I am pleased with confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that the conveyancing process for the site for the new secondary school in Mooretown, Swords is at an advanced stage.

'Furthermore, the Department have informed me that it continues to liaise with Fingal County Council in relation to the acquisition of this site in Mooretown for the development of the permanent school building. These lands were designated for school purposes in the 2004-2011 County Development Plan, at which time I was a Fingal councillor.'

The Fine Gael TD said: 'I am glad that the building for Swords Community School is on the Department of Education and Skill's Rapid Design and Build Programme, and as such, the project is currently at the architectural planning stage.

'At this stage, the Department is moving towards securing the necessary statutory approval for this new secondary school in Swords, which will take place following meetings with school representatives, and the school's patron, to review plans for Swords Community School.

'Once the statutory approvals are in place, the project will then be able to advance to tender and construction.'

Deputy Farrell added: 'While this is certainly positive for the local community in Swords, and is integral in ensuring we have adequate capacity in our schools, it is vital that adequate temporary accommodation is provided for Swords Community School until the permanent building is completed.'

The local Fine Gael TD explained: 'In this regard, Swords Community School will open in September 2018 in temporary accommodation on the grounds of St. Finian's Community College in Swords, until such a time as the schools permanent building is completed.'

He concluded: 'Having discussed the school's progress with Principal, Mark McDonald in the last few days, I am very pleased that progress is being made on this 1,000 pupil school for the Swords community.'

The school was originally due to open in September of this year but was pushed back to September 2018.

Fingal Independent