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Government and Commissioners work together for New School 14 June 2006

The Departments of Education, Local Government and the Environment and Ramsey Town Commissioners have announced a scheme to develop a new Junior School alongside the Lezayre Housing Estate and Auldyn School in Ramsey. Earlier proposals for a new school at Clifton Park in Ramsey, to replace the Albert Road School, have been replaced by the Lezayre Road site which has been made possible by a decision of the Commissioners to release land adjacent to the site. Planning applications have been submitted for a new Junior School alongside Auldyn School, and for phases 2 to 5 of the Lezayre Estate which show a small reduction in the number of new units being built to enable the new school to be developed on the site.

Richard Collister, Director of Estates with the Department of Education is very pleased that the new Junior School and the revised housing schemes have now progressed to planning. “The bringing together of the Infant and Junior Schools, to be located alongside each other, together with the enhancement of community facilities and the provision of a new football pitch, will make the area a focal point for education and recreation in the community. The proposals will bring a model educational campus to the town, and having all three schools close to each other will make delivering children to school much easier and should reduce traffic congestion caused by multiple school trips”.
Mary Bruce, Commissioners Lead Member for Housing & Properties has welcomed the scheme “this is a fabulous scheme for Ramsey, the proposals show that it makes sense to have the schools close together, and with the redevelopment of the Lezayre Estate alongside the new schools we will be building onto the community spirit which the estate has always shown. I am absolutely delighted that we are seeing work taking place on the estate and the school proposal is a real bonus for the Town, which will compliment the excellent facilities at Auldyn School This is a real example of what can be achieved when Government and Local Authorities work together.”

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