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Fears autistic Aston Village ETS pupils ‘would have to be put in boats’

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The scene outside Aston Village Educate Together School on Monday afternoon. Photo Credit: Labour Cllr Michelle Hall.

Drogheda Borough councillor Michelle Hall has called on Louth County Council to do more to fix the drainage problems that exist in Aston Village on the north side at the town – saying flood water 10 feet deep outside the Educate Together building today raised the prospect of having to remove students, including those with autism, out with dingy boats.

Labour Cllr Hall says she is disappointed by the local authority’s response to the incident, adding that she has raised the matter to the council since she was first elected last May. Units from Drogheda Fire Station were called out to pump water from the road and footpath, as well as the attenuation basin, in front of the school into the nearby Beaulieu Stream.

“The school children were due to leave for home from 1.30pm and there was a fear that they would have to be put in boats,” Cllr Hall explained. “This is wholly untenable as it could have upset some of the children especially the students with autism.”

Aston Village Educate Together School operates five autism classes. According to the Drogheda Rural representative, firefighters at the scene was approximately 10 feet deep.

“This is the only road into Aston Village houses, school, crèches and shops. I have been highlighting the potential drowning  hazard of this basin since I got elected. I have requested that the Council erect a fence until the water subsided fully, which I know from working in the school,  can take several days to drain away,” Cllr Hall said.

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The Labour councillor said she continue to work with the Operations Department in Louth County Council to ensure a long term resolution to the flooding in Aston Village.

There are 419 students currently enrolled at the multi-denominational Educate Together school.

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