North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir met with Education Minister Michelle McIlveen MLA, School Principal Maria Flynn, Chair of Board of Governors at McCartan, Father Gunn and officials on Monday 13 December 2021 to discuss a range of issues including accommodation requirements and road safety at nearby Ring Road.
Commenting after the meeting Andrew Muir MLA stated “Opened on 29 November 1960 St Columbanus’ College is a first class school which both I and my mother had the privilege of attending with demand outstripping supply every year in terms of enrolment as a result of the excellent learning outcomes delivered through excellent teaching and a supportive environment fostered by staff and school leadership.
With many of the school buildings constructed back in 1960 still standing and a number of mobile classrooms now in place the need for sustained investment in new and refurbished accommodation is clear. I was therefore grateful of the opportunity to make the case for this investment to the Minister with both short and long term actions needed to ensure young people are able to learn in quality spaces.
With pupils living across the ring road having to cross the busy four lane carriageway without aid of a pelican cross the need for action and investment was also clearly made. I welcome the commitment I recently obtained from the Infrastructure Minister for assessment for provision of a controlled pedestrian crossing at the A2 East Circular Road and will continue to lobby the Infrastructure Minister to both meet on-site to see the issue and deliver this much needed crossing without delay”