Limerick City Council warns Limerick school over redevelopment

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK City Council has initiated proceedings against the board of management at John F Kennedy Memorial National School over concerns the construction of the new school breaches planning regulations.

LIMERICK City Council has initiated proceedings against the board of management at John F Kennedy Memorial National School over concerns the construction of the new school breaches planning regulations.

City Hall’s planning department has served two enforcement notices on the board of management at the Ennis Road school, warning them they may be in breach of planning legislation

One relates to the height of the development - expected to be complete in November - while another refers to unauthorised windows on the west-side.

If the school does not act, to correct this, it could be brought to court by the local authority, where it could face fines of up to €12m.

Construction of the multi-million euro redevelopment of the northside school finally got under way last year. The development will see a courtyard-style building with 11 classrooms, a sports hall, and adjacent facilities, able to cater for up to 300 new students.

But in a warning letter issued to the school, the city council planning department wrote: “that a possible unauthorised development is being carried out on [the lands of JFK], namely non-compliance with a planning condition.”

One local resident - who did not wish to be identified - claimed the building is already a metre over the height the school has planning permission for - yet there is no sign of a roof yet.

However, school principal Bill Reidy has insisted the enforcement notice has been acted upon, and the problems rectified since it was issued in July. He declined to make any further comment.

Limerick City Council has also ordered the removal of “unauthorised windows on the west elevation” of the development.