New school for Coalisland

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

New school for Coalisland thumbnail Gortgonis Park Coalisland

A PUBLIC meeting is to take place to discuss plans for the construction of a new school in Gortgonis.

Under current proposals, the pavilion at Gortgonis Park, will be demolished and replaced with a newly built primary school.

Also will be a single nursery unit, an access road and associated play ground.

It is understood the new facility will house the Irish Medium School, Gaelscoil Ui Neill, whose current premises is 104 Washingbay Road, Coalisland.

The project was first announced in 2013 and is only now beginning to seek planning permission. Proposals are at an early stage and the design for the project is being devised by Lisburn based architects, Knox and Clayton who will be working in conjunction with consultancy team White Young Green.

Welcoming the news that the project is beginning to take shape, Sinn Fein MLA, Linda Dillon told the Courier: "The Gaelscoil has long awaited a new build and it is badly needed.

"The site they are currently occupying is not sustainable in the long term. I welcome these proposals and believe that the work needs to be done.

"However, Gortgonis playing fields needs major redevelopment as well. The pavilion that will make way for this redevelopment is in need of redevelopment.

"Gortgonis, along with Dungannon, is the most deprived ward in this district. This development will have no impact on the current playing fields." A spokesperson for the Department of Education confirmed the project has been in the pipeline for almost five years.

"Gaelscoil Uí Neill was one of 22 new build projects announced in January 2013," said the spokesperson. "The new school will be a seven class primary school and nursery unit at Gortgonis Park, Coalisland and will replace the existing school on the Washingbay Road. An Integrated Consultant Team, White Young Green, has been appointed to take forward the design."

A pre-application public event will be held between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday, 6th September at 104 Washingbay Road, Coalisland (the exisiting site of Gaelscoil Ui Neill) to view and discuss plans for the proposed application


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