Design Team appointed for new Lucan South Second-Level School – Lavelle

January 16, 2012  

 Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan and member of Co. Dublin VEC has this week warmly welcomed the appointment of a design team for the new Lucan South Second-Level School

 The proposed school, which is to be co-managed by both Co. Dublin VEC & Educate Together, is to be located at Grange Castle Road (new name for Outer Ring Road). The school will have 1,000 places and will serve children living the Lucan South area and attending local primary schools including Archbishop Ryan NS and Griffeen Valley & Lucan East Educate Together.

William stated: “Delivery of this much-needed new school was my No. 1 priority during the 2009 local elections and the appointment of a design team means the school is on-course to open in 2014.

“I am delighted to have been able to play an active role in helping to progress this important project. In December 2007, as planning consultant to the Lucan South Secondary School Action Group I wrote the two amendments to the Clonburris Local Area Plan which secured for the first time a commitment for a secondary school on lands at Clonburris. Following my election in June 2009 I pressed for identification and sale of a site to the Department of Education for this much-needed school and in February 2010 the council signed-off on the sale of a 7-acre site next to the Outer Ring Road.

William further advised that the Department of Education granted ‘devolved authority’ to Co. Dublin VEC to expedite the planning and development process and cut-out any delays due to red-tape.

 Background to Lucan South second-level campaign

William has a proud record of working to deliver a much-needed second-level school for South Lucan.

As planning consultant to the Lucan South Secondary school Campaign, William brought his professional expertise to bear to secure a firm commitment to provide a secondary school on lands at Clonburris close to Foxborough estate & Griffeen Avenue.

Based on census statistics compiled by the Lucan South Secondary School Action Group, by  2016, there will be over 2,200 extra children! (graph below appears with the permission of the Lucan South Secondary School Action Group)

September 2008 saw even more students from South Lucan forced to travel to Ballyfermot and Confey to secure secondary school places. This exodus has a negative impact on community life, it adds traffic to our roads and it place unnecessary stress and strain on students no their families.

In December 2007, South Dublin County Council adopted two amendments to Clonburris Local Area Plan which provided for the first-time ever a statutory commitment for a much-needed a secondary-school site for South Lucan. These amendments which were written by William in his voluntary role as planning consultant to the LSSSAG campaign provided for an additional 1,000 pupil secondary school in the Kishoge Cross neighbourhood.

For more details please visit the campaign website: www.lsssag.com