Locals to fight temporary school on Nemo grounds

Locals to fight temporary school on Nemo grounds

Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Cllr Chris O’Leary, Cllr Shane O’Shea; resident, Brian Barrett, Cllr Seán Martin, resident, Carol O’Mahony, Educate Together Secondary School principal Colm O’Connor and resident, Pam Haworth at a meeting about the construction of a temporary school on the grounds of the Nemo Rangers GAA complex. Picture: Gavin Browne

RESIDENTS of the Douglas community, who are concerned about the construction of a temporary school on the grounds of Nemo Rangers, have met with the school principal and chairperson of the board to discuss their issues.

The Evening Echo reported last month that residents of Mount Vernon Crescent housing estate in Douglas were vehemently opposed to proposals to build the temporary school at the GAA grounds, amid concerns of increased traffic and noise.

The temporary Educate Together School is to be built on the grounds of Nemo Rangers while the school awaits a move to a permanent location in two years.

The temporary building would require an access route through the built-up residential area.

Traffic, parking and increased noise and footfall around the estate are just some of the main concerns, according to local residents who spoke to the Evening Echo about the problems associated with the site.

“We don’t want it, we’re in a cul de sac that won’t be able to handle it,” they said.

“There is already chaos in terms of traffic in Douglas and this will only exacerbate the situation.

“We can’t allow them to ride roughshod over the community,” they added.

However, Colm O’Connor, principal of the school, said the meeting was an opportunity to build bridges and ease some of the concerns of residents.

He said the school management wanted to establish contact with the residents association to work together on the issues being raised.

“We hope to reassure residents that, should the temporary school proceed in Nemo, that there will be nothing like the amount of traffic being suggested by some.

“We hope that this is the first meeting, in which any, and all, of their concerns can be heard and addressed,” he added.

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