Louth County Council have confirmed that they will not be installing bollards along the road outside Scoil Phádraig Naofa in Kilcurry as part of new road safety measures at the location – despite previous plans to do so.
Senior engineer Mark Johnston told the Dundalk Municipal Distrct March meeting last Tuesday (March 3) that the onus was on the school to prevent parents from parking along the road, saying that should implement some form of “behavioural control.”
The issue was raised by councillors Conor Keelan and Maeve Yore who, while both welcoming the recent measures introduced – including speed ramps and crossing lights – queried whether bollards which were initially planned to be included in the scheme were being installed.
“Are bollards going on both sides of the road?” Cllr Yore asked. “The principal, parents, residents etc are anxious it is done and done properly with bollards on both sides of the roads.”
However, Johnston confirmed that bollards were not now being erected outside of the school, alongside footpaths on either side of the road.
We looked at the issue and decided to not put the bollards in,” Johnston told the meeting. “We didn’t think it was necessary to have them there.
“We think the bollards would just shift the cars north and south and people would just park on the verges anyway,” he said. The engineer told the meeting the solution may lie in the school being more proactive in moving parked cars on from the road sides themselves.
“In our view, bollards wouldn’t solve the problem. The school need to do it a bit of behavioural control,” he said.
Cllr Keelan aired his disappointment at the news while adding that the traffic calming measures were welcome. Ramps and crossing lights have been installed at Scoil Phádraig Naofa a number of weeks ago, a result of an application for traffic calming measures first made in 2016.