Cllr David Fitzgerald
Kilkenny CBS secondary school has purchased a 5.2 acre site on the outskirts of the city.
It plans to build a new school there on what is known as ‘Pembroke's land’.
The prime 28.2 acre site on the Dunningstown Road is very close to the old weather station and within 400 yards of the Freshford Road.
The hugely positive news was divulged at a community alert area AGM held in Dicksboro GAA Club last week.
The chairman of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr David Fitzgerald was giving residents an overview of developments along the Dunningstown road when he sprung the news.
He praised the school authorities for having the foresight to build a new school and sports pitches on the site.
He explained that while funding for the school hadn't been included in the last Department of Education capital funding programme for Kilkenny, it was envisaged that the school would be included in new schools to be funded in 2018 through to 2020 and that all going well, first years who start secondary school next year in CBS might be doing their Leaving Cert in the newly built school, in six years time.
He explained that the current CBS school had limitations in terms of sports facilities and that the new campus would address that.
Access to the new campus will be by way of the existing Dunningstown Road and a new road already partially built that will take traffic from the Freshford Road through the Talbot's Gate housing estate.
A new roundabout will be constructed where that road meets the Dunningstown Road.
The new road will link up with the spur of the Central Access Scheme (formerly the Inner Relief Road) which will come from the Callan road area.
He also revealed that once the EU courts had signed off on the northern bridge issue, part of the Outer Ring Road, the project was ‘shovel ready’ to go and would mean traffic from the Castlecomer road roundabout on the ring road, could go over the new River Nore bridge and on to the Freshford Road out past Aut Even Hospital.
He said the spur off the Freshford Road, through Talbot's Gate, would lead to easier access to the Freshford road for commuters.
He indicated that it was imperative funding was secured to upgrade the Freshford to Urlingford road to accommodate traffic from the new bridge going on to the Dublin-Cork dual carriageway at Urlingford.
He is confident that a new footpath, going out as far as the Hillcrest housing estate will form part of the improvements on the Dunningstown Road, needed to accommodate the new road.