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Anger over Educate Together bollard


Edwin McGreal

Castlebar councillors have expressed their anger at the placing of a bollard stopping cars parking on the grounds in Marsh House.
The former home of Castlebar Town Council is now the home of Castlebar Educate Together, who were given the building by the council for the school.
The grounds of Marsh House contain a number of parking spaces which councillors say are no longer accessible.
Cllr Michael Kilcoyne (Ind) raised the issue.
“We gave Marsh House to Educate Together and they’ve put a bollard in the middle of the road and no one can park there. There are three nearby businesses who are suffering because customers cannot get parking and used to park in Marsh House.
“How can this crowd do this? We didn’t lease the road, just the building. I wouldn’t mind if the bollard was just there during school hours but it is in place in the evenings and at weekends too. These businesses are suffering,” he said.
Cllr Blackie Gavin (Fianna Fáil) agreed with Cllr Kilcoyne.  “This is owned by the council and I propose the bollard be removed immediately,” he said.
Town Manager John McHale said the council will speak to Castlebar Educate Together, adding ‘this is probably easily solved’.
Cllr Kilcoyne replied that the businesses in question had spoken to Educate Together but were not successful.  
Castlebar Educate Together moved into the extensively renovated Marsh House last September with 32 pupils, 16 Junior Infants and 16 Senior Infants.
Facilities at the refurbished former town council building include classrooms, a library, a multi-purpose room and playroom, office and reception, a staff room, storage space and toilets.
Planning permission for Marsh House stipulates that the maximum capacity is 68 pupils. Educate Together predicted that this number will be reached within the next few years, and that the school will then require a larger premises.

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