Roy Beggs MLA, who had long pressed for the development of the new primary school for Islandmagee has welcomed the selection of Islandmagee Primary to be one of ten schools with an estimated cost of £40m in NI to proceed to the next detailed planning stage.
Roy Beggs MLA said, “The building of a new school for Islandmagee is clearly needed given the numbers of children on Islandmagee. In 2003, locally it had been agree to amalgamate the then 3 schools into one. It has taken far too long to get to this final development stage of the new school for Islandmagee.
I answer to an Assembly question in December, the Minister had said “No capital investment has been made to date on a new site for Islandmagee Primary School (PS).”
Roy Beggs MLA said, “This new build proposal has taken so long that officials did not recognise that £1m has already been invested in securing the new school site on the Low Road some 9 years ago.
I took the opportunity of the Ministers mistake to brief him on the delays that parents, children and teachers have faced. Having been able to fully inform him of the 14 years of delays I am pleased that the Minister has now agreed that the school should move to the detailed stage of the new build process. With the Department of Education already having invested in the site and with a planning permission having been achieved on the site, I would hope that the detailed proposals can now be finalised quickly, and the children of Islandmagee can be provided with a modern school facility that will aid their learning. “