Urgent action called for to improve facilities at Blessington Community College and deliver school that was promised 5 years ago


Social Democrats TD for Wicklow Jennifer Whitmore is calling on the Department of Education and Science to publish a timeline and detailed plan for the delivery of six additional classrooms urgently needed by Blessington Community College to accommodate the September 2023 intake of 1st Year students.

This follows a meeting at Blessington Community College on February 10th hosted by the Parents Association and school staff for public representatives which outlined the chronic lack of facilities and permanent accommodation at the school.

Deputy Whitmore said: “Blessington and the surrounding area are growing, and the local infrastructure needs to grow too. Yet again we have a situation where another Wicklow school is finding itself at crisis point where the school staff simply don’t know how they will accommodate all their students come September.”

“The Parents Association and School Staff have done an excellent job of explaining what actions are needed to help alleviate the situation here and I fully support their call for the urgent delivery of their new school. Immediate action needs to be taken to ensure that the additional six classrooms needed are in place and ready for students starting 1st Year in September 2023. I am calling on the Department of Education and Science to take action now and publish a timeline for the delivery of these classrooms.

In addition to this, the Department must publish a timeline for the delivery of the new permanent school for Blessington Community College, which was given approval in 2018 – five years ago. I look forward to working with the Blessington Community College school community, parents, staff and students along with other local representatives and my fellow Wicklow TDs to ensure that progress is made on the delivery of these much needed school facilities.”

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