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Edenderry Nursery School

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of William Humphrey William Humphrey DUP 2:45 pm, 19th January 2016

1. Mr Humphrey asked the Minister of Education for a start date for the construction of the new Edenderry Nursery School at Lanark Way, Belfast. (AQO 9420/11-16)

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

On the basis of the information currently available to me, the start date for construction of the new Edenderry Nursery School is likely to be March 2016, with a six-month contract period. The project will deliver a new double-unit nursery school for 52 pupils on a new site at the junction of Lanark Way and Mayo Link, which is in the vicinity of the existing school. Construction work will be taken forward under the Belfast strategic partnership agreement between the Education Authority and the strategic partner, Amey FMP.

A supporting business case for the project has been approved, and the purchase of the new site is complete. The total cost of the project, including lands, is in the region of £1·2million. The existing Edenderry Nursery School is located in the grounds of Glenwood Primary School. Therefore, the delivery of the project not only provides much-needed additional space for both schools but provides the new Edenderry Nursery School with new accommodation on a separate site and its own identity, which will allow it to forge stronger cross-community links due to its location.

Photo of William Humphrey William Humphrey DUP

I thank the Minister for his answer. My colleague Brian Kingston and I had a meeting with the chief executive of the Education Authority on Friday, and she confirmed that. I thank the Minister for the announcement of the investment in the area.

The Minister mentioned that this will free up space in Glenwood Primary School. He knows that I have raised that issue with him before. Will he advise the House when work might start on the extension and refurbishment of Glenwood Primary School? It is the hub school for the greater Shankill area, and the work is much needed, as the Minister will know. In the view of the governors, teachers, local politicians and, of course, parents —

Photo of Roy Beggs Roy Beggs UUP

The Member has asked his question.

Photo of William Humphrey William Humphrey DUP

— it is important that the school should be on the current site.

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

I do not have the details for Glenwood Primary School in front of me, but I am happy to forward more information to the Member. He will know that I am acutely aware of the issues in and around the area after a development proposal was received and after discussions with local community representatives and schools about how we strategically plan education provision there. I am delighted to have moved on with the Edenderry Nursery School project, and I hope to be in a position to move on with other projects in the area as soon as possible.