The controversy surrounding the St Mary’s College plan to build a two-story school for 900 pupils continues.
Residents in the area have now launched a public petition to stop the plan going ahead.
Over thirty residents from St Mary’s Road, Fairgreen and Happy Valley spent over five hours knocking on doors collecting signatures against the schools ambitious plans.
There is considerable opposition to the plans, which includes 40 classrooms, a PE hall, a general purpose hall, canteen and staff offices.
Residents say that the proposed school will become a white elephant as the current building cannot be demolished because it is a protected structure.
“We had a very positive response for our petition,” said John McGahon, from St Patrick’s Terrace.
“A lot of people had little knowledge of what the planning application actually suggests and the effects it will have on our local community, in terms of traffic congestion, flooding and the protected view of the Cooley Mountains.”
Local resident Ann Powell thanked the community for being supportive.
“It was great to see so many people supportive of our petition,” said Ann.
“To collect hundreds of signatures really highlights the local opposition towards the plans as they stand.”
Angela McElroy highlighted the current traffic is mayhem at rush hours.
She said: “I have lived on St Mary’s Road for many years. The traffic in the mornings and at 4pm is an absolute nightmare.
“Having an additional 300 pupils along with the proposed in and out traffic system will only serve to exacerbate the current situation.”
The group are now planning to publicly hand their petition to Con McGinley, St Mary’s principal, before the deadline for objections on 19 November.
A decision on 10 December.
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