A barrier has been erected at the entrance to Marsh House in Castlebar, the location of the new Educate Together Primary School, and it is preventing vehicles accessing the public Council car park located beside the school.
The matter was raised by Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at the February meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.
He said three businesses, located opposite the entrance to the school, have reported that the barrier is significantly impacting on their customers, who had always used the council carpark.
Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that he has no problem with Educate Together using the carpark, but he is objecting to it being blocked off to the general public.
In response, council management said they will investigate the situation.
Midwest News contacted Educate Together about the new barrier, and a spokesperson said they have contacted the Dept of Education to look into the matter.
She said that Educate Together are under the impression that the lease secured between the Dept and the council included the entire property, and are now awaiting clarification.