Design is ready for crossing at school

July 25th, 2017 5:10 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Fianna Fáil Cllr Gobnait Moynihan.

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PLANS to install road safety measures by Kilmurry National School have been welcomed by Fianna Fáil Cllr Gobnait Moynihan, who previously  raised the issue at a Blarney Macroom Municipal District meeting. 

Staff at the road design office in Cork County Council have confirmed that they have prepared a design for the footpath and crossing in front of the school.

‘Parents had highlighted the issue to me, relating how dangerous it is for parents and children to cross the road and arrive in the school door safely,' said Cllr Moynihan.

‘It is not just the high volume of cars passing the school that is the issue, but the speed they are doing which is most worrying.'

A consultation process will be carried out, taking approximately five weeks from the date of publication of the public notice. Members of the public will be welcome at this time to express their views on the proposed design.

‘Cork County Council stated that though the proposed works were not originally included as a Low Cost Accident Scheme for 2017 because of the delay in a number of other planned schemes, it's therefore anticipated that funding for the proposed works will be available.'

Cllr Moynihan put down the motion at a meeting of Blarney Macroom Municipal District last month, urging the Council to carry out the proposed works during the school summer holidays causing the least amount of disruption to the school.

However, senior executive engineer James Dwyer told councillors at that meeting that while it may be possible to progress some of the work in August, he said it would be ‘extremely unlikely to be complete before the schools re-open at the end of the month.'

‘I will, however, examine the programme of works in order to minimise its effect on pupils and parents,' said Mr Dwyer.

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