The former Clarin College in Athenry, vacant since the school moved to a new campus, is set to be demolished.
The GRETB is seeking planning permission from the county council for the demolition of the two storey school building on the Caheroyn Road.
This will include all permanent and ancillary structures, existing footings and hardstanding within the site; as well as the removal of all disused on site drainage system and utility services.
A planning report submitted with the application states that since the site has been vacated, there have been problems with anti-social behaviour.
“Clarin College has relocated to another site in Athenry – Planning Ref no. 17-1875 – and this site is now vacant.”
“There have been a number of issues with anti-social behaviour on the site as a result, and even in one instance a small fire was lit within the existing building.”
“It is the view of the applicant – Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB) – that the buildings are now posing an unnecessary risk and nuisance for the health & safety of its neighbours, and that the buildings require demolition to eliminate that risk.”
A report was also submitted on materials containing asbestos, in two rooms and on three rope seals to an oil tank and motor, which recommended that they should be removed under controlled conditions by specialist contractors.
A decision on this planning application is due from Galway County Council by December 1 of this year.