St Bronagh’s Primary School set for multi-million pound rebuild
There was widespread delight today after it emerged that St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor has been chosen as one of 22 schools approved for new school building projects by Education Minister John O’Dowd.
With a staggering £220m investment in the 22 new schools, O’Dowd insisted each was identified as ‘priority projects’ and that the work would address long running issues such as substandard accommodation and over-reliance on temporary classrooms.
With the struggling construction trade also receiving a huge shot in the arm during the building phase, O’Dowd described it as a ‘significant investment’ which has the potential to support thousands of jobs.
Crotlieve Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Murphy expressed his delight at the news . “This very welcome news means we can finally move forward and ensure the pupils at St Bronagh’s have the best possible environment and facilities for learning in the future.
“I have been making very strong representations for some time now for this funding and would like to thank the minister for recognising the urgent need to rebuild the school.
“While these projects will depend on the availability of capital funds my understanding is that St Bronagh’s will be a priority, which is very exciting news, not just for pupils and their parents, but also for the local construction industry too.”
SDLP South Down MLA Sean Rogers welcomed the news. “In particular I welcome the planning proposals for new builds at St Bronagh’s primary school in Rostrevor. For too long many pupils have had to study in sub-standard buildings and this is totally unacceptable.
“All of the new builds announced by the Minister today will have a positive knock-on effect for the Construction Industry with a potential investment of up to £625million in the local economy and secure some 6,200 jobs in the industry.
“Given the difficulties that industry has faced over the past number of months I hope the proposed building work can bolster the prospects of construction workers.
He added, “I regret the time delays in bringing forward these proposals and would urge the Minister to push forward maintenance and building work in a speedy fashion. Our schools cannot be allowed to remain in a sub-standard condition.”
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