Ní Chuilín welcomes announcement on St Gemma’s School site
Commenting on the announcement of the securing of the future of the former St Gemma’s Schoolsite in the Oldpark area, Sinn Fein MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said:
“I welcome today’s announcement that the future of the former St Gemma’s School site will be secured. I commend all those involved in working to acquire this site to address the needs of the local community.
“In recent weeks concerns were growing due to rising levels of vandalism of the buildings and the community put a huge effort in last week to securing and repairing the site.
”Sinn Féin has made every effort in supporting the drive to have this prime site delivered to the community and there was frustration at the pace of progress given the deterioration of the school.
“There is now the very real prospect of this site, which is uniquely placed in an area of multiple need between Ardoyne and the Marrowbone becoming a central hub of community life.
“Sinn Féin welcomes the commitment given today to consult in a door-to-door engagement on the priorities for St Gemma’s in the neighbouring two parishes of Holy Cross and Sacred Heart.
“This addition of St Gemma’s site to current developments in the area such as the Marrowbone sports facility and investment in youth provision will have a massive impact for local people and in particular our younger and older citizens.”