Save Cloontuskert's Old School - not just another old dilapidated building

Save Cloontuskert's Old School - not just another old dilapidated building

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Cloontuskert Tidy Towns started this petition to The Office Of Public Works

Cloontuskert's old national school witnessed the education of generations of children from the village of Cloontuskert, county Roscommon, and its surrounds. Located in the heart of 'the Abbey', a former Bord na Móna housing scheme, the first Scoil na Mainistreach was opened in 1955 to facilitate the education of children of Bord na Móna workers in the area. The current school building is now located across the road from the Abbey. It was officially opened on 7th Sept 1998.

After years of neglect and a lack of any future planning to protect the structure and its surrounds, the former School has been allowed to fall into an extreme state of dereliction and is currently a massive eyesore in Cloontuskert, as the photos on our Social Media show very clearly. The Office of Public Works (OPW) are the body responsible for the upkeep of this building and we have made repeated attempts to contact and work alongside them to urgently address the dilapidation that the Old School and its surrounds are now in, but to no avail.

We, Cloontuskert Tidy Towns, are a completely voluntary group of a few volunteers giving our time freely to bring our rural village to its fullest potential. We have inherited the problem of the dilapidated old school building in Cloontuskert through no fault of our own. The issue of the appearance of the building has been highlighted a substantial number of times in previous Tidy Towns reports, and if not tackled, we believe it will significantly impact our ability to progress further in the competition.

We have made significant progress in over the past five years, having been awarded four consecutive Tidy Towns Bronze medals, two Tidiest Estate in Roscommon awards, a National Irish Value Water environmental award, and two personal accolades for our volunteers, in being awarded Roscommon's Volunteer of the Year, and highly commended in the national Tidy Towns Community Hero of the Year. It is also extremely unfair for property owners to be dealing with such an eyesore right on their doorstep, in a village that is otherwise known for its excellent upkeep.

Please sign our Petition to help us get the help we need to achieve the following:

1. That the OPW put a plan in place urgently to fulfill their duty in maintaining the building and surrounding grounds.

2. That works are undertaken at the earliest opportunity to clean up the appearance of the building by carrying out painting of the building.

3. Completion of resurfacing work at the front and rear of the building, as any previous surfacing that was in place has been totally eroded through tim,e and is now extremely dirty and dilapidated looking. The surfacing is loose, broken-up, and is a health and safety concern for any kids who may be playing in the area due to broken glass. We cannot be expected to try to keep weeds at bay in an area where any overgrowth has totally taken over. Through our Tidy Towns work, we cannot also be expected to be spraying weedkiller as it is environmentally deleterious and also a risk to personal health.

4. Since the children of Cloontuskert currently have no facilities to play in, it would be great if we could potentially work with the OPW to have this area resurfaced such that our group could apply for sports funding etc for the simple implementation of a child-friendly, sports set-up.

Please support us in making this happen. We are a very proactive group willing to put serious voluntary work and dedication in to see Cloontuskert reach its fullest potential. We have previously completed works with the front of the building in a total voluntary capacity (painting and completion of historical murals) to improve the building's appearance, but we cannot be expected to take on responsibility for something that isn't ours. We need the OPW to play their part to urgently address the serious concerns outlined above. Thanks for reading and please share far and wide.

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