Youthreach step close to finding permanent home

By David Tucker

Published 14/04/2015 | 00:00

Youthreach planning application.
Youthreach planning application.

A new home for Wexford Youthreach is finally on the horizon following a long search for a suitable premises.

The Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) has applied for planning permission for a change of use of a portion of an unused industrial unit in Whitemill North where it already has a training centre.

Proposed works include additional education and training rooms and related facilities at ground and first floor levels, as well as other alterations, additional car parking and ancillary site works.

Wexford Youthreach has been without a proper home since it left premises at Keelogues where it had been based for almost 20 years

It had planned to move into new office premises at Barntown, however, those plans were shelved after it was discovered the building did not have proper permissions to allow it to be used as a centre for education.

More recently Youthreach has been based in a rented building at Kent Stainless in Ardcavan.

WWETB chief executive Eilis Leddy said Wexford Youthreach was on target to move to Whitemill subject to planning permission.

She said WWETB provides a comprehensive range of education services and is the largest educational provider in counties Waterford and Wexford.

'Recent developments include the official opening by Minister Brendan Howlin of the 1000 student Creagh College in Gorey. An extension at Bridgetown Vocational College has recently been completed and a further extension to Enniscorthy Vocational College is due to be completed in September.

'A new extension project is underway at Bunclody Vocational College and planning permission for an extension to Colaiste an Átha, Kilmuckridge has also been granted. Work on the new school in Adamstown, Colaiste Abbain has commenced and is on target.

'The VTOS centre, John Street, Wexford will relocate to refurbished premises in Westgate, Wexford this Summer. This centre will also accommodate VTOS, Back to Education programmes, Guidance Service, ESOL, Adult Literacy and Community Education,' she said.

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