South Belfast Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey announced today his continuing campaign to fight for a new school for inner South Belfast. Michael has been spearheading the campaign to bring together falling pupil numbers from Blythefield, Donegall Road and Fane Street Primary schools into a brand new, state of the art educational facility.
Michael has talked about his frustration with the Department of Education’s reluctance to consider giving a commitment to fund the project that he has worked so hard for with local Councillors’ Bobby Stoker and Michelle Bostock.
Speaking today Michael commented;
“Over the past few years I have been tirelessly working to gain the support for a new school for inner South Belfast, to bring together falling pupil numbers at BlytheField, Donegall Road and Fane Street Primary schools.”
“The local community, 3 Boards of Governors and Belfast Education and Library Board are all in full support of a new school. We have agreed on a potential site for the new school on the grounds of Belfast City hospital and the Education Board has applied for full planning permission for the project.”
“Despite requesting to meet with the Education Minister Caitriona Ruane, she refuses to discuss the proposals or provide a commitment from the Department to fund the scheme. I am deeply frustrated that despite the fact a new school would greatly improve the educational prospects of children from deprived areas in inner South as well as substantially saving the Board thousands of pounds maintaining the 3 existing schools, the Department will not listen to the community who only wish to provide a better future for their children.”
“I will continue to seek a meeting with the Education Minister to discuss the proposals myself and a number of others in the community have spent years of hard work preparing.”