Delay question in north Kildare school site purchase

Over a year gone since agreement in principle to buy Celbridge site

Henry Bauress

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Delay question in north Kildare school site purchase

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Negotiations on the purchase of a site for two Celbridge schools in the Donaghcumper area are still taking place almost a year after it was announced that it was announced there was agreement in principle to sell/buy the site.

The Minister for Education has told Kildare North election candidate, Emmet  Stagg regarding a site for the new Celbridge Community College (and possibly a new St Patrick’s Primary school) at Donaghcumper, “that engagement with the vendor of the site is still ongoing in respect of outstanding clarifications regarding the proposed acquisition.”

The Minister added “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 said this week that he was not aware what clarifications were being sought from the vendor but described the delay in appointing a design team disappointing given the urgent need to get the schools into planning and then construction. “After all agreement in principle to acquire the site was agreed well over a year ago, and clarifications regarding the acquisition were sought six months ago.”

The new Celbridge Community College when built will cater for 750 students and will comprise 36 classrooms, PE Hall, General Purpose hall and two special needs Classrooms.  The school is currently temporarily located opposite the Salesians.

The new St. Patrick's Primary School, 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 two special needs classrooms.

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In October 2017, it was confirmed that a site has been identified for the permanent Celbridge Community School and that “agreement in principle” has been reached in relation to the potential acquisition of the site at Donaghcumper.

The Leader reported then that the next stage was the completion of the conveyancing process and that Department of Education officials are liaising with the seller to progress the acquisition of the site.

The exact location of the site at Donaghcumper was not been disclosed but  was thought to be the land zoned community and educational to the rear of Donaghcumper graveyard and east of Shinkeen Road.

It was hoped it  might be possible to locate the New St. Patrick’s national school there also.

A previous attempt to locate a permanent school at The Commons, Hazelhatch Road, Celbridge was refused planning permission by Kildare County Council and An Bord Pleanala because the site was in a flood zone.