Alex Easton MLA has spoken in an adjournment debate he submitted for debate at the NI Assembly for a new build for St Collumbanus College.
Speaking Alex Easton MLA said:
“I am very pleased on how the debate went, there was an acknowledgement from all the local MLAs and more importantly from the Education Minister that St Columbanus College needs a new school. St Columbanus Collage is 54 years of age, and was not built for the modern day standards of health and safety requirements. Its structures suffer from what we call Concrete Cancer, and the school requires a new roof and a new heating system.”
“St Columbanus College is putting together a Development Proposal to be given to the Minister, which will include a growth intake plan from the current 90 to 115 pupils. It is in my humble opinion time to stop throwing money at repairs for the school as this does not fix the concrete cancer which is only going to get worse over time.The maintenance figures for the College show £1,764,335 million has been spent on minor works and maintenance over the last three years alone.”
“It is high time for a new build, and I am today calling for the Education Minister to do what is right for the future of St Columbanus College, and build a new school and support the Schools development proposal.”