Beggs welcomes East Antrim schools identified for capital works investment
East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed news that 4 East Antrim schools have been identified for capital works investment and are to advance in planning under the major capital works programme.
Commenting on news that a number of East Antrim schools are to Advance in Planning under the Major Capital Works Programme, Roy Beggs MLA said “It is welcome and long overdue that the 4 East Antrim schools have been prioritised by the Department of Education for capital works at Larne High School, Larne Grammar School, Carrickfergus Academy and Belfast High School. Larne Grammar, Larne High and Belfast High School will all be in line to receive much needed funding to upgrade and improve facilities which will be to the benefit of pupils and the wider community. Carrickfergus Academy moves one step closer to the much needed single school site, following the amalgamation of Carrickfergus College and Downshire. A single site is something that I have lobbied for in recent years and it makes sense going forward, if we want our school estate to be sustainable and efficient.
I note that the Education Minister did not provide timescales for any of the proposed developments at this stage. In addition, I hope that already committed to sites such as Islandmagee Primary School will remain at the forefront of Education Officials minds as it waits to be delivered on the ground.”