RESIDENTS of a housing estate in Douglas have vented their anger at proposals to build a temporary school on the grounds of Nemo Rangers, amid concerns of increased traffic and noise.
The Educate Together school is to be built on the ground which is accessed through Mount Vernon Crescent, before the school moves to a permanent location in two years.
“We don’t want it, we’re in a cul de sac that won’t be able to handle it. There is already traffic chaos in Douglas and this will only exacerbate the situation,” said resident Pamela Howard.
Ms Howard feels that the community was blindsided.
“We only found out about this on Monday evening after one of the residents heard it on the radio,” she revealed.
“We barely had enough time to get an objection in, only councillor Shane O’Shea got one in after he was contacted by one of the residents. If we had known earlier, the entire housing estate would’ve turned out to object.”
City councillor Shane O’Shea said he is supporting the residents.
“I have no issue with Educate Together schools and I sympathise with their efforts to find a permanent home but it’s clear to me and the residents that this isn’t the right place, for even a temporary one,” he added.
Traffic, parking and increased noise and footfall around the estate are among the residents’ main concerns, according to Ms Howard.
A spokesperson for Educate Together said that the growth of the school had forced them out of their previous accommodation in the Nagle Community College and that they had to seek other arrangements while awaiting a permanent building.
“Should the planning go ahead for the Nemo site, we look forward to meeting with local residents to introduce our community, to address any concerns that they may have, and to establish regular communication with Residents’ Associations,” the spokesperson added.