Parents in the Our Lady’s Grove schools have just started a campaign to attempt to have the land that’s for sale transferred into public ownership. They feel that the sale of this land for private development will:
Almost eradicate the green space available now and in the future to the schools. There are no green areas for the primary school children to play sports. Previously and prior to the first stage of the current development (The Grove, Goatstown), the children would have used this green area for sports day and other activities;
Raise many important health and safety issues for the children, including traffic conflict, road safety, congestion, stressful/overcrowded environment;
Eradicate the possibility of future expansion to the schools to accommodate the growing population in the local area; and
Limit the development of a well-resourced public educational campus catering forlocal children, from preschool level through to secondary.
They are requesting that concerned parents, and other local residents, contact their public representatives to add their voices to this request (click here for details).
Goatstown and the surrounding catchment area are currently undergoing considerable growth with many young families moving into the neighbourhood and there is already significant pressure on local primary and secondary school places, as well as other support infrastructure. The sale of this land, for housing purposes, will, without any doubt, lead to a detrimental effect on the immediate and future educational facilities of the children in the locality.
They believe it should be a matter of public policy that the remaining land attached to public schools be put in public hands.
They believe the Department of Education should intervene to purchase this land on behalf of the State for the benefit of the current and future children attending the schools and to prioritise sustainable infrastructure for the growth in the area.
Visit this page for more information: olglandforsale.blogspot.ie/2017/04/sale-of-lands-at-our-ladys-grove.html.
A earlier post on this website with information about the sale: www.roebuckresidents.com/our-ladys-grove-phase-2-update