Plans submitted to build new Ballinasloe National School

Galway Daily news Green light for construction of new Ballinasloe National School

Planning permission is being sought for the construction of a new Ballinasloe National School, to replace the separate ageing facilities currently in use.

The Board of Management of Scoil an Chroi Naofa has submitted plans to the county council to demolish one of the two existing school buildings.

In its place they plan to build a new two storey school building with 16 classrooms, a special needs education suite, general purpose room, and administrative space.

A new access road will also be created off society street leading to a set down and parking area behind the main school building.

Another building used by the school, a protected structure on the opposite side of the street, will be converted to a Parental Integrity Unit, for pre and post-school activities run by the Parents Association.

During the construction of the new school, temporary accommodation will be located in the rear yard of this building.

An Engineering Report for the application states, “Scoil Chroi Naofa currently operates on two buildings separated by Society Street at Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.”

“The senior classes are hosted in the 1960’s building to the north, while the junior classes are located in the 1930’s building to the south.”

“The 1960’s building is of a poor standard and completely inadequate to the needs of the school. Its demolition and the construction of the new Scoil an Chroi Naofa will re-unite the blocks and provide modern common facilities.”

“The 1930’s building is a Protected Structure and is in an acceptable good condition which requires only some refurbishment and upgrading in order to function as Parental integrity Unit.”

A decision on this planning application is due from Galway County Council by November 23 of this year.