West Mayo councillors have sent a clear message to the Minister for Education Norma Foley and her department that Westport wants the new Holy Trinity primary school building to be the only building on the former Scoil Phadraig site, on Altamont Street in the town.
Controversy over the approved development has been ongoing for six years now. Despite commitments from the Dept of Education to build the new Holy Trinity School back in 2015, it later emerged that there was an attempt to locate a second primary school on the same site.
Educate Together are also looking for a new building in the area, but thousands of people have signed a petition stating quite clearly that the site in question is not large enough to accommodate two new school and they want the new school agreed with the Dept for Holy Trinity to be a standalone development.
The matter was again raised at the monthly meeting of West Mayo Municipal District earlier this week. A motion by local councillor Peter Flynn was unanimously supported calling on the Municipal District to send a letter to Minister Foley on behalf of elected councillors and council officials seeking immediate approval of a standalone school for Holy Trinity in the town.