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The High Court has dismissed a parish council’s claim that Roman Catholic nuns fraudulently conspired to profit from a residential development on the site of a former convent school.In what appears to be the final chapter of a nine-year saga, costs were also awarded to Sisters of the Holy Cross Trustees in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.The dispute stemmed from a 2010 decision by Chiltern District Council to grant the trustees planning consent allowing residential development of the former site of the Holy Cross Convent School. The Parish Council of Chalfont St Peter opposed planning permission for the development in favour of a rival plan, which involved relocating a Church of England school to the site.The original decision to grant permission was challenged through a series of applications and appeals to the High Court which were ultimately unsuccessful.In the latest challenge, the parish council alleged that certain sisters fraudulently conspired to gain the benefit of a planning permission by misrepresenting the historic use of the school playing fields. The council contended that planning consent meant the order was able to sell the site to developers for more than £31m.In a 39-page judgment published this week, Mr Justice Swift dismissed the claim in its entirely, upholding none of the parish council’s arguments. Swift J also found that the council suffered no loss.A spokesperson on behalf of the sisters commented: ‘The parish council’s claim has been completely dismissed and the Sisters of the Holy Cross are glad that the judge, rightly, found them to be innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever. The sisters look forward to putting this upsetting and long-running saga behind them so that they can once again focus on their religious and charitable work.’It is understood that Mr Justice Swift ordered that the Parish Council make an interim payment of over £580,000 to the trustees on account and pending a final costs award.Chalfont St Peter Parish Council said it was ‘naturally disappointed’ by the judgment but would not be commenting further before it is discussed at a full council meeting on 30 May.The Sisters of the Holy Cross were represented by London firm Farrer & Co. The parish council was represented by Simons Muirhead & Burton.
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Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has announced that Royal & Prior Comprehensive in Raphoe has secured funding for works on its sports hall.“I am delighted to be able to confirm the news that Royal & Prior has secured financial support for much-needed repairs to its sports hall,” Mr McHugh said.“I have spoken to principal Howard Welch to share the news after the Department of Education confirmed a grant under emergency works for the sports hall. “It is a massive leap forward for the school. The roof is badly in need of being replaced and this grant will give Royal and Prior the security to engage with architects and designers to devise a plan for the hall and to work with the Department to see it through.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, met Mr Welch and visited the school on a number of occasions and also raised the need for major repairs with Education Minister Richard Bruton.Mr McHugh said the school is renowned for the standard of badminton players it has produced – a long line of champions, not least Olympian Chloe Magee who spent many hours in the school sports hall on her long road to international stardom.He said “There are 575 pupils at the school, including 37 boarders, and it is only right that they have facilities that live up to the high standards of sports stars that have been produced here down through the years. “I also want to thank Minister Bruton who is only too well aware of the difficulties that the school has run in to and now the Department is stepping up to the mark to support Royal and Prior, the principal, staff and pupils and their dreams of producing more world beaters.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “An agreement like this is a huge boost for Royal and Prior and pupils, parents and staff should know this is recognition that their needs are being heard and acted on.“It sets Royal and Prior on the right path to developing facilities to host badminton events and it will create the right atmosphere to inspire the next generation of champions and olympians.”Raphoe school to get funding injection for sports hall was last modified: September 13th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Man City defender Laporte stands by supporting Rabiot after World Cup snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City centre-half Aymeric Laporte has defended his support of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot over his World Cup row.Laporte publicy backed Rabiot when he rejected a place on France’s standby list, which infuriated local fans.However, the City defender told Bein Sport: “People take it as they want. I did not necessarily support his act but the person. I spent a lot of years with him in the youth national team, I know he’s a very good boy. “I know a lot of things hurt him and I supported the person he is. This is not his gesture obviously, it’s not something I would do or applaud. I applaud the person that he is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say