A design of the new secondary school in Croom
PLANNING permission has finally been granted for the proposed new secondary school building for Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom, and students can look forward to moving into the new school in September 2018.
This follows years of setbacks to the process due to planning difficulties, and now clears the way for the project to progress to the construction phase.
Acting principal Matt Power said that everyone in the school is “absolutely delighted” with the news.
“It’s long overdue. I’m particularly delighted for the long suffering staff and students, and indeed parents,” said Mr Power.
“This has been going on for 10 or 11 years, but despite that, the school has managed to provide an excellent education and proof of that is the number of parents that continue to send the students to us in large numbers despite the lack of facilities,” he added.
Local TD Niall Collins has welcomed the news of the newly granted planning permission.
"This is very positive news for the pupils, staff, their families and the wider community in Croom,” he said.
“After so many disappointments, this is a major step forward in developing this project from a concept to a reality. For years we have been promised this new school, only to suffer a series of setbacks and disappointments due to planning issues.
“The way is now clear for the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, along with the Board of Management of Colaiste Chiarain, to proceed to seek tenders from interested construction companies and ultimately build the new school,” continued Deputy Collins.
“We are all too well aware of the third-world like conditions through which pupils and staff have had to endure over the years. There is now a very big responsibility on the LCETB to ensure that new school building is delivered in the shortest possible time,” he said.
Mr Power said that he doesn’t envisage any further barriers before construction begins.
“Early in the New Year, we should be ready to move onto the next stage, which would be finalising the designs and the preparation of tenders for construction,” he said.
“We’ll be looking forward to possibly September 2018 as an opening date,” he added.